As promised, pictures of the sweater:
Isn’t that the cutest little tote from The Loopy Ewe?
As you can see, the color of the sweater changes considerably in different lights:
And the Kid Seta really makes a difference in the overall effect:
I’ll start the sleeves tonight. I think I’ll use magic loop and knit both sleeves at the same time.
Here’s a question for all you expert knitters out there. I’ve read that you should never Kitchner shoulder seams because shoulders require greater strength. However, it seems to me that the Kitchner stitch is actually a duplicate of knitting—just “knitting” using a different technique.
So why would this row of stitches be any less strong than any other row of knitting? Why would you need greater strength in that particular row as opposed to any other row of knitting near the shoulders? If there is a problem with strength, and you create this really strong seam, wouldn’t you just shift any “weakness” problems to the rows adjacent to the shoulder seam?
This has really been puzzling me. I think having as few seams as possible in the sweater is a good thing because:
1. I think that poorly-done seams can make even a well-knit sweater look homemade (vs. handmade). In my opinion, seams that are anything less than professional take the whole garment down a notch or two.
2. There will be less bulk and bumps and potential “rubby” spots on the inside that might otherwise bother the person who wears the sweater (ie. me).
3. I hate sewing seams.
Shoulders seams are about the most visible seams on a sweater. Really now, how many people walk around with their arms in the air so you can see the side and under-arm seams? Given the visibility of shoulder seams, these seem to be prime candidates for Kitchner to me.
Anyway, I would appreciate the thoughts of all you out there who actually read this blog and who have more sweater knitting experience than me. And that’s not hard. This is my second sweater, the first being started in something like 1982 and is still awaiting some hemming before being worn.
By the way, I Kitchnered the shoulders seams on that one.