Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dressing gown complete



As I have said a number of times, I love knitting stocking stitch in the round. The simple joy of knitting around and around and around satisfies something basic for me. So, when I decided to make a knee length cardigan I converted it into the round. When I was done with the knitting I used this  Kate Davies tutorial to reinforce the steek. Then I cut it, and used her "steek sandwich" idea to ensure a nice, covered edge. This is particularly important for this pattern, because you can see the inside of the facing, particularly on the hood.
I loved using this technique, rather than knitting backwards and forwards, which all the turning and purling. The edging done this way is so very neat. The only thing I would have done differently is I could have knit the hood in the round and steeked that too, but being that this is only the second time I've steeked I didn't think about that until after I had knit it. All in all I am incredibly happy with the way this cardigan / robe has come out. It was a comforting knit that has produced a comfortable garment.
 
We took action photos, while I was cooking dinner because that's what this garment is for; throwing on around the house wiht my trackies. Perhaps it would have been more acurate to take pictures of me sitting on the couch, knitting and watching TV.
 

Pattern Modifications:
After knitting the hood joined in the round, adding 5 stitches to place the steek.
Finished the sleeves with ribbing, rather than garter stitch
Used a sewn hem on the bottom
Did the belt in stocking stitch, with i-cord edging, and the belt loop were knitted
Steeked the fronts and applied double sided stocking stitch facings

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