The shearling sweater continues. I’d promised you some a photo of a sleeve in progress, but my camera batteries were dead. Despite being inundated with email pleas to post those exciting pictures, I decided to prolong your agony by showing you my princess lines.
This pattern says something about knitting one stitch in reverse stockinette to denote the position of the princess line. It gives copious charts and instructions regarding the placement of said line, but I thought that was stupid. I’m perfectly able to place my princess lines solo. The Phildar site has been redesigned. This was a free pattern, and the new site doesn’t seem to have a free pattern anymore. Since I don’t speak French, does someone know if my notion is correct?
I began my out of the box effort by harking back to the very first class at FIT that one is required to take. You spend and entire semester, you heard me a semester, learing how to baste, thread trace and pin the "FIT" way. There are different kinds of thread tracing to denote every part of a garment’s construction. Now, I have never worked at a couture house, but I’ve never seen anyone use these techniques in the real I-bought-it-at-Target-for-$5.99 garment industry world. I have found a use for the thread trace in this sweater though. Unfortunately, the wonky uneven stitches I employed would have gotten me a do-over.
The wonky stitches aside, I decided where the princess line should be, picked up what I thought the pattern told me to pick up in the way of stitches (I’ve stopped translating completely) and knit one row. That didn’t look like enough fluff bumps, so I knit another row, still skimpy. One more row and a bind off. Voila. You see my result. I’m happy with it. And if you look at it from eye level, it looks like the surface of an alien planet covered by mounds of popcorn. Yum.