Through Thick and Thin

Finally, I got to finish my stripey top, block it, and click a picture of it!

Through Thick and Thin Top
Through Thick and Thin Top

I completed knitting the top last week, and though Nako Comfort Stretch yarn doesn’t really need much blocking, I’d wanted to block the neckline to see if it would fix the distortion of the yellow stripe near the neck join. And our heating iron broke just in time! (I need to steam block since this is not wool.) I got to the blocking only after the weekend ended.

The yellow stripe is not really fixed from the blocking — but it does look better than it did before blocking. Or is it just that I’ve gotten used to it? I couldn’t find the time to click photos earlier in the week, but I wore it to work already, and… I got no compliments, because it “looked store-bought, not handmade.” I guess that’s a compliment? πŸ™‚

I’d thought earlier that I’ll need to knit jogless stripes for the sleeves, but I ended the sleeves soon after the armhole because that suited the top, and no jogless technique was needed. Maybe in a different project!

I’d also tried adding a little heart on the chest using duplicate stitch, but it didn’t look very good, so of course I removed it.

A small but helpful thing that I do these days (as I did for this top too) is weaving in ends as I go. It makes a huge difference for me — my brain is done with sweater projects when the body is done, and even knitting sleeves is an effort of will, so I absolutely hate weaving in ends after I’m ‘officially’ done with the project. Tackling it then and there makes it so much easier! (Now, if only I tackle other things in my life then and there… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› )

19 thoughts on “Through Thick and Thin

  1. Well done on finishing! It looks really great- and perfect fit! Good idea to sew the ends in as you go- I try to do that too as it’s so disheartening to think you’ve finished and suddenly remember you have an hour or so of ends still to do.
    I have a similar lack of enthusiasm for sleeves at the end of a garment. I’m wondering if I might try and do more yoked, bottom up sweaters- I knit my first one this month and it was exactly the same amount of work as a usual sweater, but felt completely different as you start with the sleeves and so once you’ve done body and yoke, there is nothing left to do! I normally spend a completely disproportionate amount of time on sleeves but this time I was so excited to get to the yoke colour-work that I zoomed through the sleeves in days!

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I guess those ends irritate everyone, lol…
      A bottom-up yoked project is a great idea! I did a bottom-up raglan recently, and definitely don’t think I was as unenthusiastic as usual. Bottom-up doesn’t work always (say, when you have a limited amount of yarn, or when you want to try it on to make adjustments before you commit to the entire garment) — but for projects where it does work, I bet it keeps one interested! Thank you for the idea. πŸ™‚ I wonder if it works for top-down ones too if I split at armhole, knit the sleeves first, and then get back to the body; that’s a thought for a different project. πŸ™‚

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  2. Well done, it looks very professional indeed! I always admire how even and neat your stitches are. I think that the yellow distorted stripe looks just fine, and the top is really lovely.
    Also, weaving the ends in as I go is the best thing to do. Especially when crocheting something made of many smaller elements like granny squares – can’t imagine doing it any other way! I mean I actually can but it gives me headache.

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I’m glad the distorted stripe doesn’t completely mar the look.
      Trust me, the evenness is because of the yarn this time. I felt like kissing my project (a scarf) the first time I knit with this yarn. πŸ™‚ If it was sufficiently thick, I’d use it for all my projects, lol! πŸ˜‰
      I’ve never made too many granny squares, but I can imagine the headache if you make a lot of them without weaving in ends as you go, phew!

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    1. Thank you, Ginny! 😁
      I know, it’s much easier and so tempting to keep knitting. I do knit an extra row or two after joining new yarn, when my thoughts go towards the unhappiness that awaits me if I don’t weave the ends in right then, and that’s when I get my tapestry needle out. ☺

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    1. Thank you! ☺
      The only thing that makes me weave in as I go is the horrifying thought of working with *all* of them in the end if I don’t. I don’t think I’m disciplined either. πŸ˜‰

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