Surfer tee finished and blocking

Finished it! I finished my surfer tee last night and couldn’t be happier with it.

Mazie took this pic of me trying it on:

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It’s a bit damp in this pic, I like to soak the knits in the sink, then spin out the excess water in the washing machine.

After that, the sweater’s still damp, moldable, and block able, but not so wet that it takes days to dry. I like to try it on at this point to see if I need to do anything special while blocking, like stretch the length or width.

I didn’t add the kangaroo pocket to mine, and I leave it up to you to decide if you want one on yours. I think it’s really cute with the pocket, but the look is a bit slimmer without.

I still need to weave in my ends. Usually I weave in ends before blocking, but I was too excited to see this one on!

Here it is blocking in the sun:

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I’m in love with these rusty colors. Probably because I’m a redhead., I just love the array of reddish browns and deep oranges.

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To think that I dyed this in my crockpot! So amazing.

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One thing to keep in mind after finishing a knit:

blocking will sometimes open up the yarn and change your gauge. Think about this before judging your FO for size and fit. Block to gauge and THEN judge! :)

Here’s another pic that Mazie took:

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Surfer tee: how to add waist shaping

This is a very poor sketch of the basic measurements that you’ll need to take:

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The measurements are:
1. Bust
2. Waist
3. High hip
A. Bust to waist
B. Waist to hip

Take these measurements and write them down.

Mine are:
42, 36, 41, 5, 4 inches, respectively. Now that I know these measurements, I can use my gauge to figure out how many sts to decrease for the waist and when to work them.

I don’t want a super fitted waistline, I just want to take it in about an inch on each side, and then increase back out for the hip.

Another measurement I’m going take is from under arm to waist, which on me is about 9 inches.

Gauge:4.5 sts & 6 rows to one inch.

If I want to take the sweater in by about an inch on each side, I’ll need to decrease 4 stitches before the piece is 9 inches (54 rows) long from the under arm.

I like the slope created by working the decreases about 8 rounds apart, so I want to start them 54 -16 = 38 rows from the under arm.

Then, I’ll need to increase back up to my desired number of stitches for the hip. I like this slope to be made of increases about 6 rows apart. I’ll work those increase rounds, then knit to desired length before hem.

Surfer Tee progress: Joined and almost to the waist shaping.

Here’s Olive wearing her surfer tee, while holding MY surfer tee.  This might fall under the category of Double Dealing (how hilarious are my glasses in that post!?) but then again, she’s just a baby!

Olive with the Surfer Tee

More Olive:
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You can see how the neckline is going to come together by looking at hers. I can’t wait!!

I dyed this yarn myself using low-impact dyes in the crockpot…what feels like AGES ago with my friend, Cindy.  It’s got some white spots where I had tied the skein to keep it from tangling.  See how every so often there’s one white stitch? So, I think I’ll have to go back with a paint brush and touch those spots up when I’m done.  Maybe it won’t bother me as much when the whole thing’s knit, but they’re driving me crazy now.

How my dark batch came out

In general, though, I love the color! It looks much darker in the hank than it does knit up.  I think I did a good job of adding depth to the color without it taking on a trippy look, and of keeping it from pooling.   So far, it looks like I’ll have plenty of yarn for at least a short-sleeved yarn with pockets.  Would have been handy to have some notes on the yarn!  I know it’s a BFL, and a light worsted weight.  I’m using 7s and I like the fabric I’m getting.  If I went up to 8s, it’d be too loose a weave for my taste.

Olive with the Surfer Tee

I threw some bust darts into the front of my sweater, and now I’m just knitting down to a few inches below the bust, so that I can do a bit of waist shaping.

The pattern isn’t written to have any shaping, but I’m going to put some in this one. Tune in next time to see how I do it. I’m not going to do a full calculation like I do in my Fit Your Knits class, but I’ll show you how to nip in the waist a bit for a more flattering silhouette. I left it out of the original pattern because this is really meant to be a sweater that you pull on over a tee or Henley, a great casual top layer.  When I designed it, I wouldn’t have wanted (or needed) a shaped waist at all (Olive was about 6 months old!)

I’m actually finally losing some baby weight and want mine to be a bit more fitted.

YEA! PROGRESS!

Surfer Tee … Knitting in the round

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To join and work in the round, all you do is bring the needle tips together and knit right into the first stitch of the left front. This joins the two fronts into one tubular piece of knitting.

The join might look a little bit loose, and you may notice that the garter doesn’t exactly match up. You can fix this during the “finishing” process, and I’ll show you how.

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