Cropped Short-Sleeved Sweater

CLABBERS's picture

The sweater I was making for my mom is finished. I discovered a few things as I was making the front panel borders. I made the right-front border by picking up stitches from the bottom up to avoid having to tie off and weave in ends at the neckline...I still struggle to get that perfect. When I did the same thing on the left-front panel, it didn't look the same. I found to make it look identical I had to start from the top and pick up stitches to the bottom. I'm not sure why there was a difference, but the second try worked fine.

At any rate, it's finished and I feel good about it. Now I will pack it up and send it to dear old Mom. The tie isn't supposed to be there. I did that just to keep it closed on the hanger. I will buy her a nice pin for her to put there if she wants one.

I was pleased that the acrylic yarn (Caron Simply Soft - Strawberry 0015) worked so nicely. It reminded me a lot of the superwash merino wool from Knit Picks that I have used to make some scarves. The skeins are 315 yards, so I only needed two. Total cost about $9.

Thanks for all the coaching! All your suggestions throughout this project are very much appreciated.


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Tallguy's picture

I didn't quite understand

I didn't quite understand what you meant by "picking up stitches from the bottom up", but after seeing the pics, I realized what you were doing with the front bands. You need to pick up the stitches from the front of the fabric, or the public side, and because you are right-handed, it is easier to do working from the right side towards the left. In your case, on the right front, it was from bottom up. Then the left front, to pick up from the public side, and from the bottom up, means you need to do it with your left hand, and that is nearly impossible for most right-handers! Picking up on the private side just turns everything inside out. As long as you do both sides the same way, it is good.

I still don't understand the remark about "to avoid having to tie off and weave in ends at the neckline". Why are there any ends to weave in at the neckline? Couldn't you just end the last row of the band on the bottom? Maybe I need to do it so I will see what is happening.

Lovely little sweater!! I can't imagine your mother NOT being pleased with it. I can just see her bragging to all the others in her circle of friends: "my son made this for me". Mothers like things like that!

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks for the

Thanks for the compliment.
Regarding the tying and weaving of ends at the neckline, the front bands were the last things to do, and I ended my last stitch of knitting at the very bottom of the sweater. So, I cut my yarn and began anew at the neck of the sweater, thus leaving a tail to be tucked in later. I'm sure there is a more sophisticated way to do this, but it eluded me on this project. No harm, no foul because I took my time and got things nicely tied off and tucked away. I decided to knot the yarn on this project because it has a bit of a sheen to it, so it tends to be slippery. It wants to untuck itself fairly rapidly. It does, however, make a tidy little knot that stays put.

Bill's picture

Mark, sometimes with slippery

Mark, sometimes with slippery yarns, it helps to separate the plies and sew them with a regular sharp sewing needle...actually sewing through the sweaters strands of yarn.

CLABBERS's picture

Excellent idea! Thanks, Bill.

Excellent idea! Thanks, Bill.

Buzzboy's picture

Wow Mark, the sweater looks

Wow Mark, the sweater looks amazing. You did a great job. Your mom will love it.


CLABBERS's picture

Thank you, Dennis. I

Thank you, Dennis. I appreciate the nod. It was fun to make. If she likes it, I can always repeat it for a Christmas gift.

Bill's picture

Good for you! turned

Good for you! turned out beautifully!

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Bill. I know your

Thanks, Bill. I know your work and hold it in high regard, so you compliment means a lot to me.

CLABBERS's picture

The sweater is in the wash

The sweater is in the wash right now, so we will find out if the acrylic stands up to its claim of being able to be washed and dried in a machine.


I made it through the wash/dry process and looks great. Yippie!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Extremely nice, Mark. I know

Extremely nice, Mark. I know what you mean about picking up stitches so it matches up on the ribbing...when they say "reverse everything" we forget that it usually means up and down also.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks for the compliment,

Thanks for the compliment, Joe. The pattern I used didn't mention reversing anything. While this is a fairly straightforward time-tested pattern, they do assume a few things more than what I had in my knowledge base. I'm always learning something with every new project I do.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That's the attitude! It

That's the attitude! It never hurts to use a project to learn something new as it it what keeps knitting so interesting and fresh.

Antinuos's picture

Your work is beautiful!

Your work is beautiful! Congratulations!

CLABBERS's picture

Thank you, Antonio. I had fun

Thank you, Antonio. I had fun making it. I'm getting braver now that I am understanding patterns better.