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St Brigid Revisited

I picked up and worked on St Brigid and finished (*sort of) the body:

*I really don’t like how the bottom edge looks.  I want it simple, and bound off in pattern, but to me it looks messy/irregular/uneven.  I may pick up and do some applied I cord;  I could do the braided band along the bottom, but I’m not sure if I want to put a big (well, 1.5″)  horizontal line across my hips.   (Although I do like how that looks on other people’s sweaters.)  I debated about possibly doing one row of 1×1 ribbing then doing a tubular bind off (I’m really enamored by how the bind off looks on my Double Diamond socks) but would that much Kitchener stitching drive me crazy?  I’d try it on one of my swatches first, before tackling the whole sweater, to make sure I like the look of it.

Suggestions????  Whatever happens to the bottom edge of the sweater is likely to be what I choose to do with the ends of the sleeves.

I do like the fit and the length.

5 comments… add one
  • jane g meyer September 15, 2009, 1:22 pm

    Oh my, that pattern is stunning… I’ve written a children’s book on St. Brigid, and the artist, Zachary Lynch, uses that same pattern all throughout the illustrations! Very fun.

    Hoping the rest goes smoothly, and that you figure out how best to finish the bottom. Maybe just a simple loosely crocheted edge so that you keep the flow of the sweater moving out, as opposed to being bound and pulled in?

    I’m no expert, though, but I love the shape of what you have now–how it pulls in at your waist and flows out from there…


  • Karen September 15, 2009, 3:58 pm

    Here from VIN; glad you enjoyed Washington! You went to many of the places we did. Beautiful country.

    And you’re a knitter! Way cool. I like the idea of a knitted/crocheted lace edging. Second would be an I-cord if it weren’t too tight. And yes, that much Kitchener would drive anyone crazy and I don’t think you’d like the way ribbing would pull it in. Gorgeous sweater!

  • StephCat September 15, 2009, 9:17 pm

    thank you both!

    I’ve also posted the same question on Ravelry. I think I-cord will be my choice, but I’m going to work on the arms in the meantime.

  • Christina September 16, 2009, 9:50 am

    I think the i-cord would look lovely — finished, but not a wide band.

  • HermioneJ November 22, 2009, 7:00 pm

    How’s about crab stitch?
    Or just SC?
    2 rounds would stablise it and make it look a whole lot neater, without adding much length.

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