that's the first and only sweater i ever knitted for jg. i used the saddle shoulder pattern from elizabeth zimmermann's book: knitting without tears. i followed her formula word for word.
jg likes it a lot. me, not so much. mostly because i find the transition between the vertical and horizontal decrease edges somewhat awkward and, if i may be so bold to add, useless.
however, i am very pleased with myself for having stuck to the formula. everything i know about sweater construction i learned from this sweater. my confidence in knitting without patterns also stemmed from this project, no doubt.
the thin mint is the second saddle shoulder sweater i made. the sequence of knitting is exactly as zimmermann's prescription minus the transition and a slight alteration to the decreasing. at each of the four vertical decrease, i changed "dec 1 every round" to "dec 1 every other round." that's it!
i find the tailored look of the saddle shoulder sweater very appealing. more importantly, as it is a zimmermann's pattern, it is seamless. there is no other pattern more satisfying to knit.
yesterday i asked my webmaster to revamp the output of this stripe generator so that it would be displayed over a grid, the 5:7 sort for stockinette knitting. in his typical fashion, he whipped up an entirely new script for the generator, input and all. and, as usual, he made me test it out as he went along.
on one particular test run, he had me convinced that the generator was fully functional. so i entered all the criteria carefully: the colors, the grid scale, my birthday, my mother's maiden name, etc. after ten minutes of specs, i sat up straight and excitedly clicked generate.
that's the zeebee with earflaps. i've been unsuccessful at making the curved edge, the increasing and decreasing, of the flap look decent. as it is, the increase (right/top ) looks a slight bit better than the decrease (left/bottom). but neither is satisfactory.
might you know of a more graceful way to increase and decrease by casting on and binding off, respectively? please help me.