Friday, November 5, 2010

Fiber Arts Friday: Plumber Sweater, part 2

As I mentioned here, I have been working on my Plumber Sweater for a very long time.  Officially it's been more than one year now.

The body is complete.


The first sleeve is in progress.


This was my first time casting on using multiple double-pointed needles and then beginning to knit in the round.  However, as one of my friends pointed out, I was actually knitting triangularly.  ;-)

I went back and forth between long and short dpns as well as three or four dpns.  But I was always afraid the sleeve would slip off, so I spent a lot of time capping the ends as I went.  Which means the progress was s l o w.


I decided I needed to find a pair of very short #7 circular needles...


I went to three stores but finally found a pair that are only 11 inches long.  I made the switch and began knitting much faster.


I have about five inches to go on the first sleeve.  Then the second sleeve, chest and neck remain... that's it.  ;-)

It's Fiber Arts Friday, so head over to the Wonder Why Gal's blog and see what she and the other Fiber Folks have been up to.

9 comments:

WonderWhyGal said...

I love the sweater. The sleeves are great too. I use the circs. I feel like I'm all tangled up in DPNs.

I took my top down sweater out of time out...still working on that darn body. I need to lose more weight so I won't have as much to knit ;-)

Dutch Hollow said...

Great progress. I have yet to tackle a project that large but you're making me want to try.

atomiclulu said...

I have ALWAYS loved the Cobblestone - ok and secretly the model who wore it :) It looks to be going great despite the time. Cant wait to see it finished!

Melissa Plank said...

This is well on it's way to becoming a beautiful sweater!

Kathryn Ray said...

Thanks. :-)

I love the pattern and it's a super easy knit... just slow. Maybe I'll be done in time for next winter. lol.

Knot By Gran'ma said...

It beautiful so far.

Oak Haven Alpacas said...

very pretty!

Cara

Its_Lily said...

Here's a hint I learned about a year ago...it's called the magic loop and basically, you use a larger circular need and pull the excess between a couple of stitches on either end. It's very easy and saves me from having to buy too many needles. Here's a quick link to show what I mean. http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2009/09/16/the-magical-magic-loop.aspx

Kathryn Ray said...

@It's Lily - I'm not quite sure the Magic Loops makes sense yet, so I will have to try it. Thank you so much for the link.