How to begin?
As I have mentioned yesterday on the Stitchville FB page, having finished the cotton cardi designed by Kaffe Fassett (which is being professionally lined as I’m writing this), I felt inspired to start yet another Kaffe Fassett project.
Also cardigan; this time a winter version designed for the gorgeous Rowan Felted Tweed. As with any good practice, once a certain capacity is developed or a warm up stage is finished, it is time to up the ante. And so I’ve decided to do without the seams in this colourwork project.
This short post will tell you how to set up a cardi designed with seams for a seamless cardigan…
1. Cast-on no. of stitches required for the right front of the cardi (if you’re adding a garter selvedge like I did in the first Fassett cardi and like I am doing in the second Fassett project also, you will need to cast-on 3 sts to start with (shown on the photo above to the right), then place marker (lime green marker to the right) and only then cast-on stitches for the right front.
To recap, selvedge is useful for weaving in and making up later on.
2. Place marker (1st pastel pink marker counting from the right), cast-on 3 extra stitches which will provide a line of division between the right front and the back of work. Now, I have decided to go for 3 stitches to have a clear vertical line separating the colourwork sections of various parts (i.e. left front, back and right front). When you do this you can follow your instructions word for word without worrying that the pattern in different sections of work will clash. This isn’t a very big deal in the case of this pattern as the body section is worked even (meaning without shapings) but it will become more relevant when working the sleeves where the increases are used to shape the fabric. You can however simply place marker there and go straight onto casting-on the stitches for the back, if you’re working a cardi in a plain stitch in block colour for instance. Similarly, you can opt to have only one or two stitches separating the front and back sections, or 5! It’s your call.
3. Place marker (2nd pastel pink marker counting from the right) and proceed to casting-on stitches of the back section.
4. Then repeat point 2. 3rd pastel pink marker counting from the right shows this on the picture above.
5. Place marker (4th pastel pink marker counting from the right) and proceed to casting-on stitches of the left front section.
6. Place last marker (lime green marker to the left in the above photo) and then cast-on 3 stitches for the selvedge (provided you are adding a selvedge to your work – not every pattern will suggest it!).
The total no. of stitches becomes quite astounding:
3 sts of selvedge + sts of right front + 3 dividing sts + sts of the back section + 3 dividing sts + sts of left front + 3 sts of selvedge
In my case this adds up to 263 sts.
You will need a long circular needle to be able to manage this no. of stitches, which is what puts me on hold with this project. I have mislaid my bag with medium sized circular needles, so I will have to order a couple.
In the meantime I will keep myself occupied with a lovely easy going project. But that is a subject for another story.