Pin-Striped Spring Sweater Tees

I am totally smitten with provisional cast-on !!! As you may have observed, every Spring and Autumn I knit a sweater , times two,  for my nieces. . . and well, it’s creeping up on the Vernal Equinox very fast.  I must make considerable progress this week !  Here is a very blurry shot of me picking the ‘right legs’ of the ‘live’ stitches beneath the pink crocheted chain I used to knit into . . .

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After picking up all the stitches from the provisional cast-on, it’s . . . zzzip  . . . the stitches are set free, ‘live’ , and ready to go get knit up into an edging  !!!

(( By the way, I’ve decided against lace this year, as a total amateur I’m just not ready yet to face all those yarn-overs ! ))

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I am doing a knit 1-purl 1 rib, then a 2-stitch cord bind-off (really, more commonly known as i-cord bind off) .  Smokey grey and dusty purple for OneWhoIsThirteen . . .

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Soon I will have finished Pin-Striped Spring Sweater Tee One to show you !

But then there’s Pin-Striped Tee Two making progress. . .  bright green and aqua for TenYearOldKid . . .

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And speaking of green things, I found this critter out on the deck today.

(( Apologies for another blurry shot, I swear I do not how to use our camera ! ))

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We have many oak trees about our house, does anybody have any good guesses as to what species of moth this might be ?

The Genius of Elizabeth Zimmermann


Here is Michigan Winter ‘Hers’ in the home stretch, about to be washed & blocked.

Just look at that lovely switching of direction of the grain in the knitted fabric !  All knitted in, seamlessly, and very tidy.  Isnt’ it just so exquisitely clever ? Just wonderful is the Elizabeth Zimmermann Shirt Yoke seamless sweater design ! I have done things a bit differently overall, but stayed true through the shirted yoke section at least, because that is the element of design I’ve wanted to learn. And learn I did. And I love, love, love the EZ Seamless Shirt Yoke !!!!

Am finishing off the neck with something different for me, as edge for a K2/P2 rib, I’m trying a 2-stitch i-cord bind-off ! Yes, the highly esteemed and beloved Elizabeth Zimmermann  ~ Mother of Modern Knitting ~ is responsible for this knit-trick of the “i-cord” , and brought it into the limelight with so many of her designs, as applied, cast-on, bind-off, and anything in between. I don’t know why people just don’t refer to it as the ‘ EZ cord’ , or even the E-cord (for Elizabeth). I think I shall for fun. (call it the e-cord). I’m going to just ‘toss one on’ each of these neck finishes as a bit of an afterthought,  because quite frankly… Everybody’s Doing It !

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Edit in :  Both His & Hers sweaters are all done, washed, blocked. Need to just sew on the “hand-knit by Jennifer” labels,  photograph & post final pictures of them…. then send them off to Mr & Mrs  Homesteaders in Michigan.  Yay… done & dusted !  I am off for a celebratory walk in the cold post-rainy mossy green woods, and I’ll be bringing my knitting of course.   C’mon Emma, lets go stir up them giant salamanders !