Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Work in progress - FInishing Dilemma

Happy Wednesday!  Two weeks in a row.  I am suffering from too many projects right now but I'm not stressing about it.  I decided that the baby blanket I was working on was in appropriate for a non relative, work acquaintance's child.  I also saw the blanket the baby's aunt made and mine was going to make hers look shabby.  She is a beginner knitter - she deserves encouragement and support.  I started a sweater instead, Kalari Baby Jacket.  I have done this before and made some changes to it but it is pretty quick.  I just have to finish the ties and sew one sleeve on.
And believe it or not, I'm almost finished my Sophia Cable Vent Jacket.  I have to sew on the buttons.  But I need some help.  It fits very well but the bottom of the jacket is just in stockinette or reverse stockinette stitch - so it rolls.  Some people on Ravelry added a few rows of ribbing but I didn't want to do that.  I thought I could use ribbon or facing to provide some structure and prevent the roll.
I used extra wide double-fold bias tape.  You can see that it matches perfectly but I'm not sure that it is working like I want.  It is not rolling but flaring a bit.  I'm going to re-block and see if that works.  I have spent so much time on this sweater and it fits perfectly.  If this doesn't work after blocking, I could try a narrower ribbon.  Anyone have any other suggestions?

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  1. It seems like it would be cute with a little bit of a flare? sorry, I don't have any ideas. good luck!

  2. The flare is due to the knit fabric being stretched by the sewing. You might try to resew it, but this time scrunch the knit fabric up a bit as you sew along. We tend to flare the knit fabric when sewing it to a rigid woven fabric, as in the seam tape on a zipper. You don't want to scrunch so much as to gather or pucker the knit fabric, but really watch how much stretching you are doing as you handle the fabric. You may not even realize you are doing it. I would probably measure the bottom edge of the sweater without much handling. Lay it as flat as possible. Then mark the seam binding the same measurement. Then mark the sweater at intervals of inches or fractions, doing the same with the binding. As you sew, make sure these measurements line up. If this doesn't make sense, hit me up for more clarification.

    1. Chris, thanks so much for the tip. I will try that before the reblocking. WIll keep you posted!

  3. The bias binding is a great idea to stop the rolled edge. I hope it proves to be a winning solution.