One sleeve of Norblu is almost finished!
The accelerated increase ended at exactly the right length, so I’ve been able to work on the stranded decoration over a straight 72 stitches. Since this is a 12-stitch pattern, that’s perfect!
I had a general idea of the color arrangement I wanted, but it’s often the case that I don’t like my ideas once I see them “in action”! Before I got started, I decided to draw it out. I had a vague memory of some online knitting chart paper and, sure enough, this page from a Japanese site called Tata & Tatao allows you to enter your stitch and row gauge and then print out a sheet that’s close to the dimensions of your knitting. While in Philly yesterday, I bought a set of colored markers ($2 at Five Below!) and I did some experimenting last night. I think this was definitely worthwhile. I felt comfortable going forward with the stranded work and I’m happy with the result. It was nice to double-check the size of the pattern too. I wanted 5″ (because that’s how much I have left to finish the sleeve) but if that looked too small, I could rip back a few rows and add some more striping or something.
The decorative pattern comes from Jessica Tromp’s wonderful site of Norwegian (and other) knitting charts. I picked a fairly simple motif (cuz I’m new at it) and made it fancier with more colors. OK, so that’s where I got the “Nor” in the sweater’s working name … what about “blu”? When I finally settled on the yarn colors, I realized that what they have in common is “blue”. There is no blue in the sweater, but each of the colors has blue as a component. I think this sweater will look especially good with denim and navy blue!
Oh, lookie what I found a few minutes ago: Monkster Gets Stranded A free pattern for a Norwegian-style bottom-up raglan sweater for a Teddy Bear. Is that the cutest thing, or what?? If you’re wanting to try the techniques before committing to a real Monster size, maybe this is the way to go! I noticed that the next post describes hemming in detail too. Hah, shoulda found this site a week ago! It looks like a keeper …