Thursday, April 04, 2013

Hemlock - Hem Not Quite

I decided to go ahead and work on the hem before I do more sleeve work.  Here is the sweater with mismatched sleeves and a hem ... that rolls ... suckage.

I did the same simple lace along the hem that I did on the sleeves.  I thought It might stay flat, but the power of stockinette is too strong.  The only reason the sleeves don't roll is that they have enough negative ease to keep them flat.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but it'll involve some larger expanse of non-rolling knitting.  Maybe some ribbing.  Maybe seed stitch.  Hmm.  Time to pull out the stitch dictionaries.

I started getting tangled up in all my yarn ends during the photo shoot.  Ha!
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Carmen said ...
Alice, I really admire your patience to follow through and finish a project. I would have been so frustrated by now that I would have either a) frogged the whole thing in a fit of rage and tears or b) violently thrown the whole thing into the back of my sewing room closet while muttering things under my breath like Yosemite Sam. :)
4/4/2013 10:18 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Carmen ... I'm close to that myself. ;) On the flip side, it's given me quite a lot to blog about. Ha!
4/6/2013 3:46 PM

Seanna Lea said ...
I don't know which would be better, but my gut feeling is that seed stitch will be less of a jarring visual change than ribbing. But you will probably rip that part out 3-4 times and fix it all up beautiful.
4/4/2013 11:48 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Seanna Lea ... SPOILER ALERT I only had to rip it out once more. ;) But I am not on version 4 of the bind off row.
4/6/2013 3:47 PM

EclatDuSoleil said ...
Hum, perhaps some more lace + 1 knit row on the wrong side to bind off + a good blocking party could solve the problem without changing the style of your.
Or, with this kind of lace, you also could try just to or tree rows in reverse stockinette stitch at the final end, that works, and make a good finish touch, like a kind of i-cord finishing.
As Carmen I admire the time you can take to frog and redo exactly what you want, but sometimes I do that too. And yes, I'm discouraged at the moment I've to frog again, but if I finally do something better, it's a very satisfying victory :-) And good lessons for future projects too !
4/4/2013 3:06 PM

futuregirl replied ...
EclatDuSoleil ... Blocking! Thank you for reminding me. The magic of blocking could be helpful here. I'd considered the garter stitch or i-cord edge, but I don't want too much bulk down there. I haven't done an i-cord edge yet, but I really want to. I need to find a project to use it on. :) You're exactly right about the frustration of multi-frogging turning into satisfaction once you get your project exactly how you want it. :)
4/6/2013 3:51 PM

Gwen Flanagan said ...
Dang! That sweater is NOT as simple as it should be. It looks so nice along the other edging (neck and front) I just love it on you. I hope you find a solution for the hem soon. We need a happy ending here.
Peach: "Find a happy place, find a happy place!" (From Toy Story)
4/4/2013 8:11 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Gwen Flanagan ... We are "this close" to a happy ending. Soooooon. :)
4/6/2013 3:52 PM

Sara said ...
This is absolutely beautiful. I can't believe you have so much patience.I'm a little jealous. lol. :) Hopefully one day I'll have as much patience and actually be able to finish my first crochet project. :)
Good luck with finding a stitch that works for the hem.
Sara xx
4/5/2013 1:03 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Sara ... Stubbornness can masquerade as patience. ;)
4/6/2013 3:57 PM

Tracy said ...
Definitely like the shorter sleeve. It's very flattering. I like that it's not snug. It makes the arms look slimmer that way... Not that they don't already look great!
4/5/2013 11:30 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Tracy ... Of course, ;) teehee.
4/6/2013 3:58 PM

Tracy said ...
Oh, and the seed stitch you did on the blue (?) sweater was fabulous. You'll figure it out in the end. You always do.
4/5/2013 12:58 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Tracy ... Thanks! I really love that edging, too. I wonder why people don't use it more often (or at all)? Thanks for the vote of confidence!
4/6/2013 3:59 PM

Sara said ...
Just thought I'd drop by and say I am loving watching your progress on this design!!!! Look forward to the next installment. Quite envious of all your craft supplies back there. ;D
4/5/2013 2:14 PM
futuregirl replied ...
Sara ... Thanks for the sweet comment. :) My stash is pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. That's not even all the yarn. Most of the yarn is hidden up on top of our bookshelves. I have a mini LYS in my apartment. Ha!
4/6/2013 4:03 PM


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