Kerry’s WIP Crosses the Finish Line

Whoop whoop! It’s done!

Okay, so I technically shouldn’t be calling this a WIP Wednesday post because my Buttonside Sweater from Knitting Short Rows is now an FO. It’s off the needles, blocked, and ready to wear! I feel like I’ve spent much of this month speed knitting and I’ve learned so much throughout this entire project, this last stage is no exception.

After completing the lovely curved hem of this sweater, I set to knitting the sleeves using the German short-row method. Just as I’d hoped, the mix of new technique and the pressure of being under a deadline kept my needles entertained and working. I did not get stranded on Sleeve Island or fall prey to Second Sock (or in this case, sleeve) Syndrome. YAY!


Correctly worked German short-rows are shown on the left; poorly worked short-rows are on the right.

It wasn’t entirely smooth knitting from sleeve to cuff, though. The first sleeve posed a few challenges. I worked about a quarter of the cap and kept thinking something wasn’t looking quite right when working the purl side short-rows. I referred back to the technique instructions and sure enough, I wasn’t doing what it told. I had to rip out the first attempt and start again. Lesson learned, it was a mistake that was easily avoided on the second sleeve.

Since this project has been packed with new-to-me-techniques, I decided to seize the opportunity to try another something new—using super-short circular needles. I’ve yet to master DPNs without ladders, and my extra-long cable needle is being used on another project, making magic looping an impossibility. So I ordered myself a 9″ U.S. size 6 needle to use when my 16″ was too long. It was such an interesting exercise: It’s really challenging to work with needles that are just a couple of inches long. By the time I reached the cuff, I was thankful I only needed to use the short circulars for a few inches of knitting! I really must add mastering DPNs to my to-do list.

With the sleeves done, the simple garter neckline was a breeze to finish off, and then the sweater was ready for blocking. An interesting note about blocking: If you happen to have a toilet overflow while you’re out to dinner and it results in flooding, which results in a restoration company coming to your home to remove damaged sheet rock and set up six industrial-strength fans and two dehumidifiers in your living room, your sweater will dry in record time! At least, that’s what happened to me this past weekend.



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