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Divide for Body January 19, 2011

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In the tons of emails we get everyday, there are some common threads and questions that land on our desk.

Here’s a recent excerpt that is of interest to beginning top-downers…

Divide for Body…
From January 30th: “I have never made a top down sweater. This is my first one and I don’t want to make another mistake

I proceeded last night and did those 2 cast on’s which appear to be under each arm. Is that correct? Did I understand that properly?”

My WIP: I’ve just recently done this myself, so I thought I’d post a picture of what my sweater looks like. :)

I’ve divided for the Body – but sometimes in the thick of it, that doesn’t make much sense, especially if it’s your first sweater.

At this point in the pattern you have three areas that exist, but only one area that you will be working on. In the picture above, I’ve put the Sleeves on hold and am working on the Body of the sweater.

If we backtrack a little, we’ll see that all of these areas started from the Yoke, which is the very big piece that’s been knit on from the cast on.

At the underarm area, the sweater needs to be divided into pieces: tubes for the sleeves & flat for the body of the cardigan.

The traditional way to do this is to work the 1st front sts, then place the 1st sleeve sts on hold (I use scrap yarn), then cast on sts for the underarm, then knit the Back, put the 2nd sleeve sts on hold, cast on sts for the underarm, then knit the 2nd front.

The underarm stitches are needed to create enough area to completely wrap around your arm making a tube that becomes the sleeve.

Remember: you started with basically a flat circle of fabric and now you are evolving it into cylinders that mimic the actual shape of your body.


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Monday Morning Mirth January 17, 2011

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Wednesday January 12, 2011

One of the amazing things in knitting is that it is totally made of basically two things: either a Knit Stitch or a Purl Stitch.

With these two building blocks, a whole universe of patterns and textures can evolve. It’s a lot like digital, where everything is one or zero, on or off, and with an ordered combination of those states, I’m able to write these words using nothing but tap, tap, tap.

Well, knitting is a little more complicated than taps, but not much!

With only two skinny batons, one can be the maestro of some extraordinary compositions!

We have been tripping that music fantastic here at Studio Chic Knits since right about Thanksgiving! All in all we knit a ton of hats and cowls for the holidays and samples for our newest favorite hat set: He Said She Said.

And, since it was so hard to knit all those caps without being able to wear one, we decided to have a Wrap Party when we launched this set and make one for ourselves! In the stash was some luscious Manos del Uruguay in a sky blue

And, we’re happy to say, Mother Nature has blessed us with another 8″ or so of snow, so this cowl & cap set will be right toasty right about now…

This hat set was one of our favorite wardrobe staples from last winter, and got the thumbs up out in the wild from lots of admirers! It’s a little something that uses those knits and purls in a simple but graphical way and has a warm, snug band to keep out the wind.


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