November 2020 Meeting Recap: Kay Hopkins (Knit for the Soul) presents Top Down Sweaters for a Perfect Fit, Member Tips, and Show & Tell
by Kimberly Williams
Happy 3rd Birthday to us! Next birthday, when we are back together in person, we will have two cakes to celebrate!
We approved the minutes for last month's official membership meeting, which introduced nominees for select Puddletown Board positions. After the minutes were approved, we voted in our new Board members.
We now have a virtual free table on our Ravelry forum. Post what you have to share, browse what is available, or post an item you need. It's not the same as the free table at the meetings, but better than nothing.
Anna shared her camera setup with us and the trials she went through to get to the current iteration. In the beginning, her genius led to balancing her phone on a yardstick supported by boxes on either end. Now she uses a tripod with a camera attachment.
Stitch markers galore! Anna shared many different types of stitch markers. I bet you will learn a new use for stitch markers or something new to use as a stitch marker. Watch the video below and stay tuned next month for tips on the Kitchener Stitch and grafting.
This month, Kay Hopkins of Knit for the Soul joined us to discuss the benefits of knitting top down sweaters. The primary benefit is the ability to try on a sweater as you knit it, so you have no surprises when you've finished the sweater. Kay suggests checking on the fit of your sweater a few rows before the arm divide, a few rows after the arm divide, at your true waist (the smallest part of your abdomen), and before the hem (usually ribbing). You can also check in on the fit by laying the sweater in progress against a sweater that fits you well to see how it compares. Common fit problems can usually be addressed and Kay recommends reaching out the designer to see if they have any ideas. In her own designs, Kay favors a hybrid yoke for a good universal fit. She combines circular yoke designs with a bit of raglan increases.
Bonus tip from Kay: bind off sleeve cuffs after you have blocked the sweater as sleeves tend to grow even when the rest of the sweater doesn’t. As a newish sweater knitter, this has happened to me. Thanks, Kay, for sharing your passion for knitting and the PNW, as well as your expertise on sweater knitting.
We are thrilled to see more pictures of members projects for our virtual show and tell.
See you all next month.
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