I’m made some more progress on the knit-as-you-go idea but I think I’ve reached the limit of knitting random squares.
I finished one sleeve and blocked it. The ripples from joining the green to the black/green stripe subsided and the seaming of the black to the black/green stripe looked great. I can see where my first stab at grafting (connecting black/green stripe to cuff) has some issues but I’m going to leave it alone. I found this great YouTube video on seaming garter stitch pieces together and I’m super happy with the result. I’m going to use this everywhere!
I’ve now reached the point with this stash-busting garment where I need more of a plan. I’ve cleared enough stuff off my design wall as part of my decluttering that I was able to pin the garment pieces to the wall and see what was finished.
Here’s the front so far:
Here’s the back so far:
I’ve knit enough of each colour that I was able to play in Photoshop Elements and I’m thinking the finished front could look like this:
And the finished back could look like this:
I’m not totally sure about adding more of those tab shapes to the back but it’s interesting to see how it could look. I might try another mockup with some narrow stripes instead of the tabs between the burgundy and green.
Just remember — this is a computer mockup so I have a pattern to guide finishing this. It’s not the real thing! I found I could only go so far with the on-the-fly knit-as-you-go thing and I needed to settle on a final design if I wanted to have something I would wear when I was done.
I have a skein of hot pink of this same type of yarn but I’m thinking it really doesn’t fit. I also have a small amount of cobalt blue leftover. I used both of these yarns in the crocheted cat mat. I’m not seeing a way to use them in this garment. I think it would look too scrappy. As this yarn felts well, I might grab all the leftovers when I’m done and use them in a felted something or other.
For anyone interested in my design wall, here’s the scoop. I designed and made it myself. I took lengths of 1″ x 2″ wood and built approximately 4′ x 4″ squares with metal braces for support at the corners. The wall is not quite 8′ high and the space I had was not quite 8′ wide. I bought roofing material (it’s a pressed board about 1/2″ thick with no tar on either side) that comes in 4′ x 8′ sheets. I had them cut it to my exact size requirements at the store. I used an electric screwdriver and drywall screws to attach the roofing material to the wood frames. I wrapped each of the four frames with drapery felt and stapled it to the back. Used 1/4″ bolts with wingnuts to connect the finished pieces to each other (2 bolts per side) at the back and through the 1″ x 2″ wood frame.
Once assembled, I just lean it against the wall with it resting about 6″ away from the wall at the bottom. No nailing into the wall. I have 3 short felt-covered chunks of wood sticking out on the back to hold it away from the wall in the middle so it doesn’t cave inwards. The advantage of this design is I can carry the smaller pieces around myself including navigating the stairs and bolt them together in their final location. If I move, it’s easy to take apart and pack. Also, I made sure I could push a pin into the roofing material before I bought it!
The knitted garment is UFO #20 on my list of 21 unfinished objects.