Ziggurating… a Sweatrrr

June 17, 2013

Water flows under bridges (and, for many unfortunate people, over).
Countless volumes.
Yarn has been knitted, frogged, and knitted again.
Countless yards.

I will not try to account for any or even some of the yards since the first Ziggurat design (Koronki) or since the first Sweatrrr (pre-Ziggurat).
I’ll just show off one of the more successful uses of not too many yards knitted with the Ziggurat method.
More precisely, a mere 3 skeins.
3 skeins and Ziggurating.

For some people 3 skeins is ample. For ampler people it’s not. So the skeins had to be stretched. My version of chicory & coffee: Wollmeise triangle insert & Vivacious 4ply sleeve & body
Voila!

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The original Sweatrrr sleeve (Posh Yarn Elinor triangle & Hannah sleeve):
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Now the 3 skeins sufficed. Almost.
Something else was if not quite necessary at least vaguely desirable. Solution: some contrasting intarsia squares, aka carefully crafted blobs (it’s possible that this technical term is © Helen/stickeri), and matching contrasting hems and neckline to further stretch the 3 skeins.

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And why not also a new method? Yes.
The new Sweatrrr is completely seamless. And tailored.
Seamless + tailored = Ziggurat

There is some picking up of stitches, but no cutting of the yarn.
Ever.
Well, when you’ve cast off at the hem, yes.

I can’t see myself knitting sweaters with any other method for a long, long time. I’m almost sillily excited each time I cast on a new one (there’ve been a few lately…) to see how it gradually but quickly takes on the shape of an actual sweater.
The shoulders look almost sculpted.
The precise, neat faux seam along the shoulder caps (in the photo: Tric, a cardigan)
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The shaping – shapely and flattering, not clingy. Unless one wanted cling, of course. I don’t. But it can be done.

There are just sooo many advantages on top of the commonly known ones for any top-down design.
For example, knitting top-down, as all top-down converts already appreciate, allows you to try on the sweater for fit as you go.

Experienced knitters can easily accommodate larger or smaller assets, adjust for shorter or longer armholes, and so on. (The Ziggurat patterns feature a Helpful Table which gives an overview of neck and armhole shaping and which can be easily adjusted.)

I have developed and perfected this technique over the past year (respectfully inspired by Tuulia Salminen’s Tailored Sweater Method), and with much cheering on and editing expertise supplied by supreme Tech Editor Steph Boardman. Oh, and with not a few requests for more precision about exactly where that second cap-stitch is picked up and possibly why.
I just knit and see where and how it looks best. Aka knitting with abandon!
That apparently is not OK for pattern instructions…

This past winter I made a basic design that might be good for learning the Tricnique in the first place. The idea was also to make use of those odd skeins one might have lying about. In my case it was a beautiful and loud green skein of Nimu Sizergh which screamed out to be combined with its sister yarn Faery Wings from Fyberspates – both yarns are a silk-mohair-nylon blend, less mohairy than most mohair yarns, and with a lovely (addictive) silky drape:

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It’s the sweater I’ve been wearing most this year (well, that and my Tric cardigan). That it’s knitted with Faery Wings probably helped.

At the moment I’m obsessed with strrripes.

For symmetry (intended asymmetry is GOOD, unintended BAD) each version has to be worked out individually.The 6-row striped cardigan will have its turns in a different place than the 4-row pullover, and the 6-row pullover at a different place again.
There’s been much frogging lately.
And some successes.

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Footnote:
I’d like to mention also my other supreme tech editor, Rachel Atkinson, who patiently edits most of my shawl patterns and kid sweaters. Of which there will be more.

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3 Responses to “Ziggurating… a Sweatrrr”

  1. Tove Says:

    thank you very much. Tove

  2. Tove Bjerg Says:

    Hey I have just got the pattern for the Stripes Ahoy! I have been knitting a lot before a little from english patterns. I Will ask if you maybe has it in a Nordich languages.

    • sa Tricosa Says:

      Hello!

      No, not yet… but you are welcome to ask/post questions if you run into trouble with the instructions. There is more help available on Ravelry in the Stripes Ahoy! thread (here). Thanks for knitting my design! I look forward to seeing your version. /sa

      on Ravelry: ravelry.com/designers/asa-tricosa


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