Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sleeves or No Sleeves ?

Finished the front & back of the CP Hoodie & now at a crossroad - sleeves or no sleeves. I am actually a vest person as I love to keep my arms cool & plus the fact that the 8-ply tweed that I am using is quite warm. Anyway, here is my Hoodie knitted in 1 piece ....
This is an easy knit & knitted up very quickly as the cables pattern is easy to remember & the shaping is also simple. So what do I do next ???? Well, I will take it a step at a time .....

Here's my Hoodie again but with the shoulders joined. I used the 3 needle bind-off for the shoulders as I usually do not shape the slope of the shoulders. For most of the garments that I have knitted, I find that the shoulder slope doesn't make any difference, so I just knit up the shoulders straight & then bind-off - this gives a very nice & even join which I will not be able to achieve if I just sew them together. In addition for this Hoodie, the cable design on the front & back match perfectly with the 3 needle bind-off. Take a look at how neat it is ....


Great isn't it? Anyway, I will use any technique that reduces the amount of sewing that I have to do. Now for the next step - I will pick-up for the hood & then the front bands & then review the situation again as I have 2 other considerations - zip or button? sleeves or no sleeves? Why can't I make life simple & keep to the pattern - NO, I have to make changes & create more complications !

7 comments:

2paw said...

Wow!! It looks great!! I think it can very well be a vest!! I would put a zip, but if you like buttons, you should have them!!!

Helen said...

Your hoodie looks fab Ann. Three needle bind off is the only way to join shoulder seems as far as I am concerned. If you ever need to shape your shoulder seems, then you can use short row shaping, which works a treat. Knowing how much you love wearing vests and our warm climate I think turning hoodie into a hoodie vest is a wonderful idea and you would be able to wear it alot more. I personally can picture a zipped hoodie vest, but then buttons would be fine as well. It's really up to you and what look you like. Don't worry about putting in the zip, as I can help you with the sewing. Can't wait to see it in real life.

Sharon said...

Ann, that is great and a great finish to the shoulders.

I am making mine a hoodie complete with sleeves because I live in Tasmania. In WA however I would say that a vest would be more practical and I would then finish it off with a zipper, complete with some funky little zip puller thingy ;)

But it is your CPH and you have to decide, he he great help aren't I!!

Roseann said...

Beautiful shoulder seams! I thought it looked like a zipper type sweater vs. buttons. I look forward to seeing how it turns out!

Michelle said...

wow!! that's beautiful!! you will have to teach me how to modify patterns next time in order to reduce seaming and also the shoulder bits!! last time the cardy that i knitted had shoulder shapings...pretty hard to seam together and not very neat too :(

michelle
http://knitty-bitty.momo4ever.com

pinky-yin said...

Nice!!! I would do anything to avoid seaming ... if i know how...unfortunately... i dun know much...I tried knitting in the round... but seem to always drop the first stitch when i "finish the round" ... is there something i am not doing right? :P

Michelle said...

ann...where did you buy the knitscene mag?? is it available in perth?

michelle