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Wet Coast Wools Podcast Episode 81: We Started Early This Time

August 30, 2019

Wet Coast Wools Podcast Episode 81: We Started Early This Time

Filmed on Wednesday, August 28th

Welcome to all our returning viewers, and to those who are joining us for the first time! If you like us be sure to hit the subscribe button and give us a thumbs up!

A summary version of the show notes can be found in the drop down section on YouTube. Detailed show notes are here on Ravelry. Comments and questions can be left in either place.

Glenda - Glenda on Ravelry, glendamcdonald on instagram
Kelsey - fiddlebach and Kzipknits on Instagram and Ravelry
Wet Coast Wools - WetCoastWools on all the things

00:02:00: FOs (Finished Objects)



00:14:58 WIPS (Works in Progress):

Worsted weight Grapevine Lace Blanket - I completed 1 repeat of the pattern, then I got distracted… ;)

  • Foxes! Sweater. I have finally finished the body, and it fits this time!

  • Pull col camionneur by Bergere de France. I’m casting on a new sweater for Mike this weekend with 2 strands of Holst Garn Coast in Dark Navy.


00:37:08 Sweater Segment:
This is going to be a regular feature - talking about sweater construction, alterations, etc. Ask us questions and we will talk about it on the podcast.

Today we are answering two questions…

In the Sweater Segment discussion thread, Melaniegillette asked:

“I see all these beautiful colour work yoke sweaters but have always avoided them as I am quite busty. Is there any particular style that I can try that will be suitable? Should I be looking at something with higher up colour work like Humulus or something with colourwork that extend down lower than the bust?”

Colour work can be intimidating but lately it’s been becoming more popular and accessible than ever thanks to designers like Tin Can Knits, Caitlin Hunter and Jennifer Steingass to name a few. I cannot get enough colourwork! I am obsessed with choosing palettes and finding designs I want to make or incorporate into other projects I am working on.

Here’s a list of some great sweaters to get you started! http://www.woolyventures.com/bucket-list-yoke-sweaters/

As far as the question is concerned, colourwork, like graphics on a T-shirt, draw our eyes to a particular area. You want to consider where your design hits your chest. Being busty doesn’t mean you can’t wear colourwork, it just means you might want to take a little extra care when deciding where you want your design to start and end. I would tend to recommend that you consider having a yoke that emphasizes your upper bust and shoulders. If you want to do a more elaborate yoke, make sure your colourwork comes down past your nipple line.

Another consideration is whether you want to do a circular or raglan yoke. May It Be by Annamária Ötvös is a great example of a raglan, colourwork yoke that can work really well on a bustier body type. And neckline - can’t forget about a neckline! I feel like I look like I am being strangled when I wear crew cut necklines. When I knit the Soldotna Crop, I had a feeling I wouldn’t like how close to the neck it was, but I made sure that the colourwork began low enough to be able go back after the fact and pull out the first part and modify the neckline.

On YouTube, Joan asked:

“I would love to learn how to add sleeves to sleeveless tops. There are so many beautiful patterns that I would love to knit, but I like to have sleeves on my tops.”

Adding sleeves depends on the construction of the top. Generally speaking, I think the main difference between a sleeveless top, and one with sleeves is the depth of the armhole. You need to raise the bottom of the sleeveless armhole to provide more coverage and stop it from gaping. Also, if you have a sleeve attached, you need more room for movement, and to fit in the extra sleeve fabric - we’ve all tried on tops where the sleeve opening was too small to fit your arm through.

For top-down Tees, you can often just continue the sleeve longer, instead of casting it off at a short length. The only thing you have to watch is how wide of an armhole this will make. In a raglan-sleeved top, for example, you might want to stop increasing in the sleeve stitches sooner than suggested. I have a few tops where the short sleeve is a little ruffly - if you were to simply lengthen this into a long sleeve, the top of the arm would be very wide.

If the top is worked bottom up and has an arm hole that looks like a set in sleeve, you might be able to add a short-row sleeve-cap. This is used in a number of patterns on Ravelry - Andie Satterlund uses them in many of her sweaters, for example. Essentially, you pick up stitches around the completed armhole, and then work short rows back and forth across the top of the shoulder.

You start with a narrow section across the top of the shoulder (centered on the seam) and then work to about ⅓ down the sleeve. The fabric builds outward as it goes down, so if you have too many stitches it can result in a really big shoulder. I once made a sweater where my row gauge was slightly off, and I had to pick up more than the suggested number of in the armhole. My first sleeve cap was huge, and made me look like I was wearing (North American) Football padding on my arms. To correct this, I had to work one round of major decreasing before starting the short rows.

Short Row Sleeve Cap references:
- https://dailyskein.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/short-row-sho...

One of the sweaters Joan was looking at is the Grotto Nymph, by Holli Yeoh. This one is quite fitted up to the underarm, and then fits snugly around the shoulder thanks to some creative shaping - if you know Holli, this attention to detail is typical of her style.

It might be a little more difficult to add sleeves to this top, especially because of the lace patterning on the one side. I think you would want to consider making the armhole a little deeper, and then picking up stitches around the armhole to make a short row sleeve cap. You might have to play around a bit to find the right stitch count to get the look you need.

Adding sleeves sometimes requires a little trial and error, so be prepared to try it a few times before you get lucky with the result.

00:55:04 Store News

Knit City Knit-A-Long
Knit a Sweater or Shawl to wear to Knit City (over 500m used)
To enter, check out the Vendor’s List for Knit City. You need to use yarn from one of the vendors OR a pattern from one of the vendors or teachers who are coming:
Andrea Mowry, Tin Can Knits, Josee Paquin, Puzzle Tree Yarns, Crafty JAKs, Julie Asselin, etc.
aA secret: Holst Garn counts because we always bring Holst to Knit City! ;)
Starts June 15th, ends on October 5th (Knit City Day 1!)
We will put up a thread for conversation; the FO thread will go up in a few weeks.

Stash Dash 2019
Stash dash ended on August 24th.
Glenda’s stash dash total: 6031m
Kelsey’s stash dash total: 2,815m

WCW Knit & Crochet Bingo!
We have taken down the Bingo boards; if you still want to register, email us for a bingo board. You need to declare your challenges when you register.

August Bingos are due in by Saturday Night.

All the details about our #wcwbingoalong are available in our Ravelry group, the Wet Coast Woolies.

Our New Knitted Knocker KAL/CAL Starts on Sunday, September 1st!

In preparation for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, we are partnering with the West Coast Knitters’ Guild to host a Knitted Knocker-a-Long in September.

Knitted and crocheted knockers are a handmade alternative to breast prosthetics. Made from 100% cotton, the knockers are lightweight, soft, and in some cases more wearable that other alternatives. For more information, visit Knittedknockersofcanada.com, or KnittedKnockers.org.

We encourage everyone to knit or crochet a pair of Knitted Knockers and donate them to a local organization - we will collect them here at the store if you are in Vancouver. Knitted Knockers of Canada would prefer that you make the knockers with a soft cotton like Cascade Ultra Pima. You can use any colour (or combination of colours) that you like. We will link to the patterns in our thread - for Canadian Knocker, I understand that the nipple-less knocker option is preferred.

Please note: you do not need to stuff the Knockers. Thread the end of your yarn through the last round of live stitches, and then bring them in. Knitted Knockers will provide the stuffing, and they are usually left untied, so that women can remove or add stuffing as necessary.

There are Knitted Knocker groups all over the world, so if you want to take part and live outside of Canada or the US, please contact a local group and make sure that your knockers meet their requirements for patterns, materials, etc. (The .org site has a list of international groups)

We will open a thread for our part of the KAL/CAL. If you are a West Coast Knitters’ Guild Member, I believe the KAL will be discussed at the meeting on Tuesday.

We have a couple of prizes to give away for this KAL, thanks to Estelle Yarns of Canada for the donation. One will be for general participation, and we haven’t decided on how the second one will be awarded. :)