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Navy Sweater: Knitting the Body Is Finished & Ribbed Knit at the Bottom of the Sweater

Hi everyone! After I published my last post about the navy sweater, I decided to finally finish the body. I had to put it down for a few weeks to let my hands rest. Around the time my last post about the sweater was publish, my hands felt much better. So, I decided to finish knitting the body of the sweater.

This is what the sweater looked like after I finished knitting the body…

It turned out really nicely! The sweater still has those stripes in the yarn though. I am worried that it is just another dye lot that I didn’t know was mixed in with the yarn color I purchased. I’ll talk more about that in a future post.

Anyway, the body of the sweater took a very long time to finish. Knitting the body isn’t complicated, but it is time consuming work. The yarn is a size 3 sport weight yarn. Because of this, I went through a lot of yarn skeins before I was able to achieve the right length for the sweater. Also, since the yarn is so thin, it was hard to make a lot of visually noticeable length. Despite this, I was able to finish the body of the sweater and continue onto the bottom edge of the sweater.

The bottom edge of the sweater needed to be decreased and then turned into a 1 x 1 ribbed knit. This is what it looked like once I was finished…

The ribbed knit portion was binded off using Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off method.

Despite the amount of time it took to knit, the pattern’s bad instructions, and the obvious stripes from different dye lots, the body of the sweater turned out better than I hoped.

As for the rest of the sweater, all I am aware I will need to do is the sleeves. The sleeves need some pre planning and possibly practice to knit the sleeves before I actually knit them on the sweater. The sleeves have a intricate pattern on the bottom of the sleeves. This pattern writes the pattern with the intention of wet blocking it. Since I won’t be wet blocking, I need to test the pattern out on scrap yarn before I actually knit them onto the body of the sweater. That way I can get the pattern adjusted to a non wet blocked sweater pattern before I knit it onto the sweater.

Well, that’s all for now! Thank you for reading!