Hence Sweater – WIP #3

Hence WIP Body Complete

The body of my sweater is done!  I still need to knit the arms, block everything, seam everything, knit the neckline, and finally sew on the bottoms.  Maybe I’m not all that close to done after all! I am still excited because it’s starting to look like a sweater.

Some of the arms need to be done flat but the majority is worked in the round.  I’m going to try and do those portions of the arms at the same time.  I’ve also found some buttons I like but they’re a bit bigger than called for in the pattern.  Hopefully they work out.  I’m finding the button choose the hardest part of this project lately!

Hence Sweater – WIP #2

Hence WIP Body

My sweater is up to the front opening divide and I’m back to working in rows again.  Knitting in the round was definitely faster but switching between two skeins is a bit harder in rounds.  I’ve read in several places that when using hand dyed yarns you should alternate your skeins.  This avoids unintended color variations.  I think all my skeins look the same but there’s no dye lot.  Better safe than sorry when I’m putting this much time into it!

Since I started with rows it was easy to alternate the skeins.  When I moved into working rounds I just kept going without researching the best way to do this.  Of course once I was done with the rounds I found this blog post.  The tutorial would have come in useful but fortunately I alternated skeins at the side. I doubt anyone notices that it’s not perfectly seamless.

I am excited to know that alternating skeins is also a way to avoid color pooling.  That’s one of my biggest pet peeves with variegated yarns.  I’ll be keeping this in mind for any projects where color pooling must be avoided!