This week, we’ll focus on the body of the sweater. The body of this particular sweater is both good and bad, in terms of the knitting. The Good – once you’re done with the increases, it’s smooth sailing to the bottom edge. The Bad – it’s all. the. same. thing. for INCHES after the increases.
I’ll admit that I wrote out these rows because, well, I’m not so good at paying attention to something that happens every four rows (those increases). For my size, I had to make 8 total increase rows, so 32 total rows of knitting before I could turn my brain off.
Okay, so making the body is really, really boring, because it’s just garter – stockinette – garter for row after row. But, just think! You now have the perfect project for a long car ride (when you’re not driving, obvs), binging on Netflix, waiting for that friend who’s always late for a dinner reservation…just enjoy the ride and the easy knitting.
Before you start the bottom edge, I recommend trying on your sweater and making sure it really is the specified length shorter than your total desired length. Best to have a friend help you with this, as you may be like me and nearly knock a good ten stitches off of your needle. Not a good thing.
When you’re ready to start the bottom edge, switch to your smaller needle (which should be in the bag with the yarn you haven’t used because you listened to my advice to gather all of your materials, right?). Then just knit, knit, knit until you’re done and bind off. You’ll want to use a somewhat stretchy bind-off so the stitches don’t flair.
An Aside: Things to Watch or Listen To
…or, what Angela listened to or watched while knitting the body of her sweater or something else equally, well, boring.
- If you have a kid with you: Sarah and Duck, Stinky and Dirty Show, Bubble Guppies
- If you’re feeling nostalgic: Cheers, Golden Girls
- If you want to laugh: Glow, listen to anything by David Sedaris
- If you’re also into celebrity memoirs (listing author because I cannot remember the book names): Anna Kendrick, Rainn Wilson, Rob Lowe
- If you haven’t already listened: any of the Harry Potter books, as produced by Pottermore