This week, I finished the fronts and back of the Shepherd Hoodie:
It’s on to Those Sleeves now!
I think the most interesting thing about the knitting this week is that during the second row of neck shaping, you bind off to the end of the row, break that yarn and then rejoin the yarn to the live stitches left before the bind off, to start your new row and continue with the neck shaping. See the photo below – you can see that the yarn got bound off once, the yarn broken and then rejoined back to the start of the bind-off to recommence knitting.
The pattern doesn’t say ‘break yarn’ and this has caused confusion to at least one person who asked this question on the Ravelry KAL discussion thread on “All About New Zealand Yarns”, so I thought I would share the point here.
One of the things I like about the continuous cables is that it is possible to keep track of length by matching the cables and ensuring that you bind off and finish rows at exactly the same point as the previous piece. I find that sometimes it is very difficult to measure knitting to exactly the same size as the other side (I believe this is why some people use row counters). By being able to knit to the cable pattern, I know when to stop and don’t have to worry I haven’t measured my knitting wrong!
Of course, you do have to remember that in the Shepherd Hoodie, the cables are mirrored, so you won’t have them looking exactly the same on each side, but at least the length of each cable is exactly the same.
Having finished the fronts, I saw that my calculations were slightly off on the number of buttons I needed. I have nine buttonholes, and I bought eight buttons.
I must have known I would be short at the back of my mind though, because I decided to buy this gorgeous number at the same time, and it shall be my top button:
I would have liked to use all these buttons on my jacket, they are so pretty! But I could not bear to bring myself to pay for more than one. It was $4.50!!!!!! That is almost the same price as 50g of my yarn. I doubt that it’s hand-painted. Perhaps hand-finished, as it is a nut shell, but still, the price was just too ridiculous for me.
Lastly, a tiny preview of the fit:
I know it will fit me nicely because the neckline and armholes are perfect. The blocking will fix the rest of the width when it is finished. I rather like the length too: