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grafting woes

  • Posted on March 30, 2011 at 5:25 am

i got up early today and decided to try and finish my new hoody before i had to start work. all i had left was grafting the hood seam – no sweat i’d whip it up quick and on to blocking. after ripping back 3 times because i made a mistake and got it uneven, (a real pain when working with almost black yarn and 1.5mm stitches) i finally got to the end with about 3 inches of yarn left, barely enough to weave in.

finished! just one quick check before burying the end forever.

turning it right side out (those who know grafting can see where this is going) i saw to my dismay that in my inexperience grafting,  i had turned the sweater inside out like you do with most seam finishes,  and i now had a beautiful graft – with the seam on the outside…….

carefully, i unpicked it yet again. this time i came to the end with only one mishap – 8 stitches from the end my poor abused yarn broke and i had to splice a new piece on – but i persevered to the end, and this time got it right.

here is a picture of my hoody, not a great one but after all that i was out of time.  it is much lighter than the original so that you can see at least a bit of the stitch pattern.  once it is washed blocked and has the buttons sewn on, i’ll put up a better pic.

i think i’ll be very happy with this one and anticipate wearing it often.

lace hoody vest front