Posts Tagged ‘pockets’

The big news around here is we missed the snow. I gleefully removed the covers from the lettuce, peas, and hellebore, but have refrained from tossing the delphinium seeds into the ground. What we did get instead of snow was wind. Lots and lots of heavy wind. Tree limbs and trees all succumbed. Then the eager beavers with their chain saws were out. The buzz of a chain saw is as grating on me as the sound of a dentist’s drill.

So while I was not enjoying listening to the chain saws, I figured it was a good time to tackle the grading of the Feelin’ Groovy sweater. I love math the same way I love root canals, which is not too much. The grading went well up to the point of placing the faux pockets. The world is full of standards. I know this. But try and research pocket placement standards.

When I get in a design jam similar to this I resort to the sewing industry for information. The faux pockets were placed properly for the 12 month size I am knitting. What I need to know is does the distance from the bottom to the top of the pocket stay the same over the other three sizes or does it change. The distance from center changes, but does the vertical distance change too? I strongly suspect it does.

I’ve done two days of searching the illuminating internet and while I can find all sorts of standards for insignia and logo placement on clothing I’m coming up with zilch on pocket placement. The thing about pockets, it seems, is that the garment industry tends to frown on them because they increase production cost. Therefore, wherever and whenever they can do away with them they do.

I searched in every knitting book I have for the answer. I perused every knitting and sewing pattern I have for the answer. I am now into searching library books. When that fails, and trust me, it will, my next search will be at Jo-Ann Fabrics through their sewing patterns looking for the one that most closely resembles what I am doing and covers the sizes I am working in.

If all the above fails, I will make mock ups of the three remaining sizes and eyeball placement. Then I will knit the three separate sizes up to their faux pocket joins to find the specific rows and stitch counts for placement.

If anyone out there has a better way or knows of information regarding pocket placement on the front of a child’s sweater please let me know. The picture of where the faux pockets go looks like this:

Feelin' Groovy Sweater

In the meanwhile, I am going to knit the collar of the sweater. I completed sewing in the sleeves and seams last night while watching The Skipper’s grandson’s team lose in the latest basketball tournament play. Even with this loss, they had a great season and should be proud of what they did achieve.


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The back of the Feelin’ Groovy baby sweater is complete. I am working on the front, at the point where the pockets would be inset if I were creating real pockets. I’ve spent weeks thinking about and working with these pockets. Who knew pockets could be such a time consuming, weighty issue? I’ve dithered back and forth over type, size, placement, technique, on and on. As I studied the picture I drew, I finally saw that it wasn’t the pocket that was so important. It was the look of the outside trim that broke up the expanse of turquoise fabric.

Fair enough. So I jettisoned the actual pocket for just the trim. How to attach the knitted trim is what I am wrestling with now. To knit it directly into the sweater would be too much for most knitters. Familiarity with intarsia and stranded color work is a bit much to expect. Creating the trim separately on two double pointed needles is a much easier knit because they are only dealing with stranded color work.
In the picture the two trims are on two double pointed needles. The best way to place them onto the Front is what I am dithering over now.

It’s one thing to draw up a sweater design and another thing entirely to execute it. In the drawing stage I’m not thinking about how to execute the design. I am just going for a certain look. After it’s drawn I think about how to actually create it with yarn and needles. While as the designer I may be willing and able to work more complicated knitting techniques to get the look I want, regular knitters might find these techniques off-putting. Thus the tug of war between design idea and actual 3-D creation. Make it simple but not boringly so. Spice it up with a little interesting technique but avoid over complicated things.

The stranded color work at the hems, cuffs and neck are spicy enough for most knitters. Add shaping for torso, arm and neckline, and throw in a placket and that’s about the limit.

The weather continues to march into Spring. The frog is still alive in his abode. For one little frog he has quite the appetite. I’ve told The Skipper that this is the last frog we’re raising. If he brings in anymore tadpoles they are going right back outside. Yarn Rascal is delighted with having the frog indoors. At night he sits for hours in front of the tank watching and talking to it. When it moves he gets all wiggly squiggly. I’ll get all excited when I place the frog outside in the pond.

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