August 05, 2002

Viva experimenting! Tubular cast-on and sloped shoulders with three-needle bindoff.

I finished the back of my pink and orange sweater in cotton while trying out some things I've never done before:

1) The first rows of the sweater are in 1/1 ribbing, so I cast on my stitches using the tubular cast-on method in the main yarn. It's so neat! It's invisible, and blends in perfectly with the ribbing. (And doesn't the word "tubular" bring back memories of big hair bands and neon-pink pants? I remember the word "tubular" being used to describe something as "cool" back in the 80s when I was in highschool. Yes, I'm that old. Yikes!)

2) The shoulders on this sweater are sloped, but I didn't want to do a diagonal bind-off and then sew the shoulder seams together. I wanted to leave the stitches on holders so I could do a seam bind-off, like I do for sweaters with straight shoulders. To achieve this, I decided to work darts for the shoulders, turning my work at certain points every two rows. It worked! The shoulders are gradually slanted, and there are no steps or holes to show for it. I left the stitches on stitch holders, and I'll bind them off together with the shoulder stitches of the other side of the sweater to make a nice-looking seam. I've never created sloped shoulders this way before, so let's see how it looks when the shoulder seams are joined together.

Offing on a tangent, I visited my local Phildar yarn store (er, again) and bought some beautiful new yarn called "Giboulees" so I can make myself a sweater for fall. The yarn has just been debuted by Phildar and I can't wait to work with it! Can you stand the suspense?

* For reference purposes, the tubular cast-on method using the main yarn for 1/1 ribbing is described in Katharina Buss' Big Book Knitting.

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9 comments to this entry:

I still need to go pick up yarn for the next project. It's times like these I wish I had a carte bleue... cause now I have to ask my boyfriend to give me like 60 euros or something :x
I just KNEW that you would have part of the sweater done or all of it by the time you came back online!! YOU were missed!!! I've been in suspense about your knitting this whole time! Now I need help about some baby stuff ... pleaseeeee. *hehe*
Geez, those colours are beautiful. I lost my nerve, and won't be making it, lol.
I was in high school during the '80s too, and the word "tubular" strikes me exactly as it does's nice to have company!
When I was a little girl in the '60s (older than you, even!) I had a poncho in that exact color scheme. It had big, daisy-like flowers on it, and pink fuzzy pom-poms along the bottom. I thought I was something else. My mother was scandalized by the color combination. I think I need to make myself that sweater, but I would never be so clever to do slanted this and tubular that.
Thanks for the thumbs-up on the Montse Stanley book. Just got it today from Amazon and so far it looks "totally tubular"!! I also ordered Knitting in Plain English by Maggie Righetti and Knitting Without Tears by Mary Zimmerman. Another Zimmerman book is on extreme location search and should arrive later. I want to get some of the Barbara Walker books and some more Zimmerman. I read that she was even remembered on NPR as a knitting maverick after she passed away. They did a whole segment on her. Just wanted to say thanks for the tip!
The above post was from (blush) me! Didn't realize my name was absent.
Kismet, every time I get a catalogue now my husband shows me what stuff he likes and usually leaves me at the yarn store while he takes the kid to the playground, pretty much knowing I'm going to go berserk in there. This wasn't always the case, though, so just wait until your boyfriend sees what cool stuff you're making. Janet, I want a poncho like the one you had! And I think both you and Patricia should make a sweater in these color combos. My cam is picking up the pink in a strange manner. It's a bit less frightening in person, believe me. Michelle, you're going to love Montse Stanley's book. I got my idea to do the slanted shoulders in this way from it. She doesn't mention leaving the shoulder stitches on stitch holders, but she does give the tip on creating short rows to leave the shoulders slanted. And I also want Elizabeth Zimmerman's books, particularly Knitting Without Tears. I also want Barbara Walker's books but I can't find them at I'll get it from a bookstore as soon as I make it back to the States, but the waiting! :-)
Yes, (blush, again) I meant Elizabeth Zimmerman. Mary Zimmerman is the genius behind LookingGlass Theatre in Chicago and just won a Tony award for best director of her adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphosis that performed on Broadway after it's start in Chicago. I must be interested in the work one too many Zimmermans.

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