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Caveman CSI

Just havin’ a laugh….

(Warning some use of expletives)

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQjT3z0ti6U]

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Raglan Sweater Episode 3: Working up the body & armpit gussets

I’m sorry I’m extremely tardy in posting this. I’ve been incredibly distracted by among other things Norah Gaughn’s Tweedy Aran Cardigan. I swore I would do my best to avoid knitting sweaters that I would have to seam, but looks like I broke my oath :).

In the sweater I knit for Eric I didn’t do any waist shaping or decreasing. The body of the sweater was knit up as a straight tube. He likes his sweater hems to ride just below his hip, so I would make him try on the tube periodically to see how I was doing. Once I got about two inches from his armpits I started to knit the armpit or underarm gussets.

Now one might ask why even knit these gussets? Doesn’t it just create a strange little pouch near the armpit. Apparently the gussets are a feature designed for fishermen who wore their ganseys or guernseys (sweaters) while they were out at sea. All the work on a boat requires you to swing your arms around; therefore it makes a lot of sense that these folks would want their sweaters to have a bit of ‘give’ in that area.

Remember how I added those two purl stitches at each end of my sweater tube? I start building my armpit gusset on each side at these purl stitches.

Gussets:

Row 1: at the purl stitch knit front and back (kfb) twice so you have three stitches total in the gusset. Knit to the next purl stitch on the left side of your sweater and repeat the steps to create three stitches for the left gusset. Knit until the end of the round.

Row 2: and every even row purl the first and the last stitch in the gusset while you knit the rest. For example,row 2 you would p1, k1, p1. In row 4 you would p1, k3, p1 with five stitches total. As you can see after each odd row the gusset increases with 2 stitches. Knit to the purl stitch on the left side and repeat the steps for the gusset. Knit until the end of the round.

Row 3: At the gusset kfb1, k1 kfb1 (5 stitches). Knit to the left gusset and repeat. Knit to the end of the round.

Repeat rows 2 & 3. Until you have enough stitches on your gusset. For bulky weight yarn like the Cascade 109 I used in Eric’s raglan, I stopped at 11 stitches. For a worsted weight yarn I might stop at 15. For a DK weight yarn I’d stop at 17 stitches on each gusset.

Remember, you will repeat the gusset steps when you create your sleeve. In the next episode, I will review how to start and ‘execute’ the sleeves. Better yet, I’ll show you how to knit the sleeves two at a time using the “Magic Loop” method.

Armpit Gusset

Previous Raglan Sweater Episodes:

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Beginning Crochet Class Notes – Session 1

I’m doing something a little different for my Crochet students this time around. I’m going to put our class notes up here. As I promised I’m including videos of all the stitches we learned in class. I will wait to put the treble crochet video next week when all of use have reviewed it.

RESOURCES:

  • If you’re interested in looking for free patterns you can check out Crochet Pattern Central.
  • Crochetme.com is a wonderful resource and social networking site for Crocheters. Crocheters share their tips and tricks. This site requires free registration to view the contents.
  • Also, Ravelry.com (requires a membership request) has links to many free Crochet patterns as well.


Chain stitch (ch):

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtmOEzm_OXQ]

Single Crochet (sc):

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqhaQQajt0U]

Half Double Crochet (hdc):

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxA2osb5Qfk]

Double Crochet (dc):

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1txJLRPfuE]

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