I'm getting near the end of my Tattoo Tank! The body is done, and now I'm working on the finishing touches. Most of these finishing touches are structural, meaning I'm doing some extra bits to help keep the slippery cotton/tencel yarn under control! No sagging for me. And hopefully not for you, either; so let me share how I'm showing this yarn who's boss.
First off, I used the three-needle bind-off method to seam up the shoulder seams. Normally, I much prefer grafting or using mattress stitch to sew seams, because I find that those two methods produce less bulky seams. However, both methods also give the yarn the same "path" to follow–in other words, more of the same sort of structure that contributes to the pull of gravity on this slide-y yarn. A three-needle bind-off wraps the yarn around itself "against the grain" if you will, providing the equivalent of a knot, or friction point, in each row across. Increasing the friction points the yarn has to encounter literally slows the yarn down, interfering with gravity, much as a rock in a stream interferes with the flow of water downhill.
Next, I added another set of friction points to the neck edging: As I picked up and knit all around the neckline, I twisted each stitch, and then did the same as I worked the two rounds of the edging itself. Twisting these stitches gave them more friction points, more places where they rub against each other and slow down any yarn movement, so the entire neckline is much less likely to sag and bag now.
Weaving in slippery ends
I've got a lot of ends to weave in, but my first attempts met with failure: the ends quickly slipped out. I then tried my usual trick of piercing the stitches as I wove the ends in, so that the ends were more or less stitched through the rest of the yarn. That didn't work so well, either: The places where the yarn went through itself caused little bumps that you could see from the right side, and oh, yes, the ends still slipped out!
I think what I am going to try next is using a sharp-pointed needle and sewing thread to literally sew the ends in place. (I hope that works, because the only other thing I can think of involves either a hot glue gun or superglue, and that makes me cringe in horror!)
At present, I'm working on adding sleevettes–tiny little cap sleeves–but that will have to wait for next time, as I'm only halfway through the first one and I want to make sure what I am doing works before I go telling y'all how great it is!
What should I make next?
I'm getting very, very close to being done with this cute tank top; I hope to have a Finished Object to show you next week! So it's time to start thinking about The Next Project For Sandi's Needles!
Anyone have any suggestions? The only rule is that the pattern must be in an Interweave publication, because after all, this is an Interweave blog, right?
Is there anything in the Fall 2010 Interweave Knits that you think would look good on me? Or the Fall 2010 Knitscene? There's Rosemary Hill's pretty little hoodie on the cover of Knitscene (the purple one shown above) and the Leitmotif Cardigan from Fall Knits has a really unusual construction (beige cardi at right). Or I could do a hat like Meg's (cream hat also at right). And I do need mittens.
What do you think, amazing readers? What Interweave pattern would you like me to knit next? It can be anything, literally ANYTHING, from any magazine or book... Well. Anything that will fit me and look good on me, of course!
Leave your ideas & suggestions for my next project in the comments! I'll tally them up and we can vote on it next week.
Till then, I hope you have something really fun on your own needles to play with!
Photos, top to bottom: Rosemary Hill's Alexandra Hoodie from Knitscene Fall 2010; Carol Feller's Leitmotif Cardigan from Knits Fall 2010; and Meg Swansen's The Proverbial Cap, from Knits Fall 2010.
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