This is a dropped stitch

The seamless hybrid for the fireman is nearly complete (bar 2 cm of neck band and some finishing), and I am heartily sick of knitting it.

I’ve made error after error (including that dropped stitch) and have wrestled with Elizabeth Zimmermann’s famously “pithy” instructions.  I’ll do a longer post about those woes, but was wanting to poll the blogosphere – is there a problem with me publishing all the proportions of the seamless hybrid from Knitting Without Tears?  I was thinking of just giving the numbers of stitches or rows (as a proportion of the  body circumference) for each step without detailing the individual steps. The calculations will certainly help me with the next one that I do (and I’m pretty confident that there will be a next time).

As for the dropped stitch, its a pretty easy fix involving a crochet hook and a tapestry needle.  Won’t be perfect from the inside, but shouldn’t be too visible from the outside.

The washed gauge swatch is slightly wider, and slightly shorter than the gauge in the sweater as knitted, so I’ll be anxiously awaiting the dried finished article to ensure that the Fireman does not have an overly snug, but extremely long jumper. There should be finished object photos this weekend.


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7 thoughts on “This is a dropped stitch”

  1. I think your numbers are your numbers, not a step by step. I made one of these a zillion years ago for an old boyfriend, who not long ago sent a photo of himself taken for a fishing contest showing me the sweater is still holding up.

  2. Pesky dropped stitch – at least you found it! I am looking forward to seeing the rest of that jumper..

    I think EZ herself would not mind seeing numbers in your post – were she so able.

  3. There hasn’t been any problem with people creating guides to the Baby Surprise that include stitch counts and numbers of rows, but if you’re in any doubt, email Meg Swansen at Schoolhouse Press with your work and ask her permission to make it public! She’s lovely and helpful and generous and wants knitters to use and enjoy her Ma’s designs.

    Anyway, it looks like a sweater that will be worth the tedium and headaches in the end – the Fireman will wear it for decades and it will never go out of style!

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