Christmas Knit-A-Long: Pattern part four
Back? Check! Front? Check? Sleeves? Check! You’re ready to make up your jumper! Here is the final part of the pattern to make the neckline and make it all up. Read on to download and get started today.
There have been a few bumps in the road, but we’ve all got there and I hope you’re looking forward to seeing your beautiful finished product as we’re finally ready to make up the pattern and really see the fruits of our labour! The pattern involves finishing up the neckline and a few techniques that you may or may not have mastered before, including blocking and mattress stitch.
You might want to block your work before you get started as this will make the making up process a whole lot easier. Some of you have asked for some tips on how to do this. Our top tip is to only wet block natural fibres. Wool blocks beautifully. This is because the fibre is malleable when wet, and retains the position it dries into. Other animal fibres, like alpaca, cashmere and angora, also block well. Manmade yarns, like acrylic, nylon and polyester, don’t block well. The fibres don’t react to water, and they don’t set like wool fibres do. Other natural fibres, like cotton and linen, can be blocked but the effect may be less dramatic. An alternative to wet blocking is to steam block pieces. To do this, you pin the project out first. Build up a good head of steam on your iron, and bring it close to the project without touching it, until it’s damp. Be wary though – the heat can damage many fibres.
Monica’s top tip:
“Use a steam iron to press your garment on the wrong side, If you don’t have a steam iron use a damp tea towel underneath a regular iron.”
To sew the shoulder seams, Monica suggests using the mattress stitch, a seaming technique that can be almost undetectable when done correctly. It comes in handy when seaming stocking stitch pieces together, because you then have the stability of a seam without actually seeing it! If you’ve never done it before and want to find out how, then check out our blog post explaining how here.
Monica’s top tip:
“Weave all ends into the back of the finished piece. I prefer to use a mattress stitch to sew up all my knitting as you end up with a very small seam. For both items the mattress stitch is done with the right sides facing.”
Also check out this video by Berroco to see the Mattress Stitch in action:
Some of you have asked us how you can enlarge the neckline. The pattern requires you to sew up for 5cm along the shoulder seam. However, a simple suggestion is to sew up less than this, leaving a larger gap in the middle. You can also always add 2 buttons to close the shoulders if you need to.
Monica has provided another alternative with a simple pattern adaption as follows:
- Using 3.75mm needles and right side of work facing pick up and knit 27( 30: 33: 36) sts from the neckline.
- On wrong side of work cast off your stitches purlwise
- Sew shoulder seams 4cms from the outside edge using a mattress stitch with with right sides facing
- Sew one button 1/2 cm from neckline on each side of your jumper
- Sew on chains to correspond with where your buttons have been placed
Share your progress
I’ll be sharing my progress very soon, (I’m a little under the weather, so please forgive me if it’s not uploaded straight away!) but when it is, make sure to take a look and let me know what you think! We also want to see your knitting too! To upload a picture, all you need to do is:
1. Click on ‘choose file’, where you can select an image from your computer
2. Write your comments in the box
3. Click on ‘post comment‘ to submit it.
We’d love to see how your project is coming to life so go ahead and share your progress with us and the rest of the lovely KAL knitters.
This pattern is designed by knitwear designer and teacher Monica Russel of The KnitKnacks.
Check back next week for the final installment of our festive K-A-L with instructions to knit the matching hat.
Last updated: November 27th, 2014.