Thursday, January 6, 2011

Patches spidey-dog sweater done! {Updated}

Project started:  2011 New Years
Project completed: two weeks later on Jan. 15th
Knitting method: in-the-round on addi-turbo circular needles size 6
Helpful Suggestions: techknitter's short row theory & 'differential lengthing' It really helped in custom fitting this sweater to accommodate his broad thick chest area.
Regret do-overs:  I really wanted this to be longer in length to reach his tail but I ran out of the blue yarn..  yup i should of bought that one extra skein. but i think his sweater still turned out very well for my first one. I like it very well :)

to see my inspiration for this spidey logo for the top of his back, 
go to....

Kathleen Taylor's pattern "We Call Him Spidey Mittens"


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ok, I think what I need to do to fix Patches sweater to keep the underbelly row from riding shorter than the top back panel is to learn about DIFFERENTIAL LENGTHENING.  Thanks TECHknitter's !  Your blogpost on short row theory has found me at the most opportune time!  Soon as I seen the below picture on her post it clicked with me that this just maybe what I need to focus on for the chest area of Patches sweater.   hmmm, I probably should have found this nugget of information earlier and incorporated it in before I did his leg openings. But I didn't. So I can't. Well, I could if I really wanted to rip out all the way back that far. But I don't. I probably should. But I'm not going to.  My MS is flaring up and I just want to keep going on this sweater. So, instead, I am going to try to figure how to work in with where I'm at right now which is about four rows after his leg cuffs.   There is still about a good six inches left to knit before I need to bind of his belly row.  

Below is what TECHknitter describes..... I'm going to have study this and try to wrap my brain around it! ;)

Before turning away from shaping, Illustration 7 shows short rows in circular knitting.

Circular knitting is composed not of discrete circles, but rather of an endless stack of spiral rounds. Rounds 1, 2, 3, and 4 (black) are ordinary knitted rounds in such a stack. Round 5 is also an ordinary knitted round--the last one before the short rows. It has been colored yellow for reference. On Round 6, the knitting stops at the red dot. The work is then turned and worked back to the purple dot. This makes the red short row, labeled "S." At the purple dot, the work is again turned, and this time an entire round is knit--round 7, shown in green.

As shown, when round 7 has been worked past the last stitch of the red short row, it must be worked into the underlying round. Because round 6 is a short round, this means round 7 is worked into round 5, the yellow round. After round 7, the short row sequence ends. Round 8 (purple) is a full round. Because round 7 was a short round, this means that as round 8 approaches the area of the short row, it is worked into round 6, the blue round. As round 8 climbs over the area of the short row, it goes from being worked into round 6 (blue) to being worked into round 7 (green). Rounds 9 and 10 (black) are again ordinary full rounds.

Inserting the partial short round 6 (blue), the full short row "S" (red) and the partial short round 7 (green) distort the fabric just as it did in a fabric knit back-and-forth (illustration 4). To the right of the short rows (where round 8 meets round 6) and to the left of the short rows (where round 7 meets round 5) the fabric is pinched together. The short round/rows themselves (6, "S," and 7) are forced to bulge outward. Even the ordinary black (full) rounds some distance from the short rows are distorted.

Like short rows in flat knitting, whether short rows yield bulge or differential lengthening (or both!) depends on how you stack and pack the short rows into your circular-knit fabric.

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