Knit Along with me pt 2

So here we are again :)

To continue where we left off let me recap. So far we've Knit up the Body or TOP part of our Retro Sweater Tee.  Go HERE if you didn't catch this part or need a refresher. Now it's time to do the Bottom ribbing hem.

Now this has been a little tricky for me so i'm going to give you 4 options on how to do this with details.

BTW if you click on any of the images you can enlarge them, but the best way would be to right click and open in a new window.

All options are going to start the same way and that is by turning your knit piece on its side so that the ribbing is on the top and bottom but make sure that the edge you are picking up new stitches on is the edge without the neck shaping. I would suggest placing a marker of some kind on the side with your neck shaping as to not get confused.

Stitch count layout courtesy of Cheryl Brunette

For the first 3 options please follow the picked up stitch formula above for evenness.  

Lets start with Option 1:

Picking up 82 Sts from 76 rows directly from the BOND USM. OK first let me tell you that I don't suggest this one at all. I had a very hard time doing it . The fabric didn't stretch far enough and the needles are placed too far apart to begin with. I gave this option as an "So you know" I don't recommend it but you can try it.

Option 2:

When picking up your stitches with the circular needle make sure the right side of the fabric is facing you.
Picking up 82 Sts from 76 rows using a circular needle that will match the gauge you need. Now since I used  KP4 on the whole top section including the ribbing. I would use KP3 on the machine for this area but since i'm going to hand knit get the closest matching needle for the gauge. Now just Hand Knit a 2x2 ribbing for 28 rows Bind Off and you're done this side.

Option 3:

When you put the stitches back onto the BOND make sure the wrong side (purl) is facing you.
Same as Option 2 only after you've picked up your stitches knit about 2 rows then place all the stitches on your BOND knit 26 more rows then do your 2x2 ribbing , Bind off and you're done with this side.

Option 4: (Thanks to Sharon B from the BOND USM Facebook group for the idea)

With the chosen KP for your bottom ribbing do a closed cast of 82 needles of your choice. Knit 28 rows, do a 2x2 ribbing. Bind off. Then start your Top section but use a "Seam as you go" technique for the stitch and row that is given. The Seam as you go will be done on the left side of the bed and neck shaping will be on your right.

Here is a finished panel.

Once you've finished one of these options you will have completed 1 whole side. Just repeat it all over again to so that you have 2 matching pieces. Seam across the shoulders and up both sides and you've just completed the BOND version of the Retro Sweater Tee.

Original pattern can be found HERE you may have to register in order to download it but it is free.

Knit Along with me :)

Hey Everyone,

Wow I can't believe it's almost a month since my last post. Well like I said I've been busy musically so that's been taking up a lot of my time but I'm glad to be back and sharing stuff with you. This time I thought I'd do something a little fun, so here it goes.

In this installment I'm going to do a Knit Along. Showcasing a pattern that is Hand Knit and adapting it to the BOND USM.  This Garment it called the "Retro Tee" and looks like this. BTW if you click on any of the images you can enlarge them, but the best way would be to right click and open in a new window.

The Image below shows the measurements and layout of the garment.
These next pics show the yarn I've decided to use .

The original pattern calls for a gauge of 13Sts and 18 Rows to = 4 inches
My original swatch (shown below) was does using a KP3 and came to 15Sts and 23 Rows to = 4 inches
With that in mind I decided to go with KP4.
I cast on 55 Sts in waste yarn and knit a few rows.
Then with my MC and COR I knit 4 rows
w/ COR bind off the first 2 stitches then knit across
w/ COL decrease 1 stitch on the right, now knit across
w/ COR decrease 1 stitch on the right,  now knit across
All your decrease rows are done.
w/ COL knit 34 rows
w/ COL Increase 1 stitch on right side, now knit across
w/ COR Increase 1 stitch on right side, now knit across
w/ COL Increase 2 stitches on right side, now knit across
All your increase rows are done.
w/ COR knit 4 rows

To make this next section a little easier to see where you start your ribbing use a piece of waste yarn and a tapestry needle and weave over the loops at the top. I choose to a 1 over 1 under weave. but you could do a 2 over 2 under weave if that will help with the final 2x2 ribbing you're going to finish with. 

w/ COR still using KP4, knit 14 rows
do a 2x2 ribbing with these 14 rows ( I choose to start on the left and started my ribbing at the 3rd needle in)
keep in mind you have 55 sts so when you get all the way to the right will you have 3 sts left in stockinetee.
Now bind off .
Next, take your work off the machine and flip it upside down. Make sure the purl side is still facing you and re hang 54 sts.
Just repeat the step above except you have 54 sts and you'll just start you're ribbing on the 3rd st in from the left side to even out the pattern. After the ribbing is done bind off.
Now you can take your knitting off the machine. Remove your weights and waste yarn and or anything else you have dangling from your piece. Now you have finished the top part of 1 side of your garment.

OK , you can either repeat this whole step by step tutorial so that you will have both your front and back top portions done and ready for the next section of the tutorial. OR, you can wait till the next tutorial and finish everything then.
I hope everyone enjoys this and learns something and has alot of fun doing in it the process, I know I did.
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