Hence Sweater – WIP #4

 

Hence WIP Pieces
Whew!  These sleeves took forever!  I mostly knit them two at a time; the wrists and sleeve caps needed to be knit flat.  Let’s see, so far I’m at about 30 hours for the sweater body and 20 hours for the sleeves!  Now I know.  When the body is done you’re really only about half way there, at least for a long sleeved sweater.

Remember how I was alternating skeins while knitting the body?  I decided I didn’t have to do that for the sleeves. Actually  I decided knitting two at a time while alternating sleeves would be ridiculous amounts of work.  I’m not sure that was the best decision.  I had to switch skeins about three quarters of the way up the sleeves and I find it very obvious where I did that.  Hopefully, when the sweater is all sewn together it won’t be distracting!

All that’s left is seaming the shoulders, picking up and knitting the neckline, setting in the sleeves, and finally sewing on the buttons.  I’m pretty nervous about those sleeves.  I found these two links that I hope will help, wish me luck!

Hence Sweater – WIP #1

Hence WIP Closeup

I’m very excited about my next garment project the Hence  sweater pattern! Show Stopper by Leading Men Fiber Arts is nice to work with and once of the least twisty or splitty yarns I’ve used.  Both things I love! Since this yarn is a “light” fingering my swatches showed that I needed to go down two needle sizes, to a size US 3 needle.  I greatly dislike when gauge is given “after blocking” but it does make sure I’m not lazy.  I blocked my swatch and I’m glad I did.   I had perfect gauge for both stitches and rows which is unheard of!

Like with my Elle Cardigan I did a lot planning. I again used  Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog to make my alterations.  This book is quickly becoming a required stable for any sweater pattern I’ll try!  I did make quite a few changes for a better fit including:

  • Shorter total length (taken from the bottom)
  • Shorter arms
  • Extra bust shaping
  • Wider shoulder strap

The math is all worked out so hopefully the hard work is done!