Worship Of The Goddesses

New York Built's picture

I have been quietly working on my preparation for the Village Halloween Parade and the New York City Marathon. Thankfully, only once a decade do they come back-to-back...like this year.

Leaving little time for frivolous distractions like knitting, it would take quite a large, glittery, seductive and truly intelligent, invaluable and, dare I say, HONEST knitting resource to knock me senseless.

Well, boys, it's happened. No, I've dated knitting policemen...but this is close.

As further introduction, let me wax on a little more...

On pages 84 and 85 of my copy of Barbara G. Walker's book, Knitting From The Top , the writer HINTS and TEASES at an interesting idea...simultaneous set-in sleeves. In other words, the sleeves are knit at the same time as the body...seamless, and unrecognizable as anything but a set-in sleeve.

"The Devil, I say.", representing audience appreciation of this impossibility. But wait...Ms. Walker has so many skills and accomplishments...there must be more than a kernel of truth here.

So, like Demosthenes, I go hunting for an honest author...trying all past August and part of September to tame this idea into submission and the perfect sweater.

I was beginning to feel like my house was robbed during the search for this honest author. I admit to choosing a particularly complex subject that included cables and myriad details to take on as each row progressed. But I never quite got it...at least to my satisfaction.

Cut to early October, as my other life interests began to become immutable, and I just happened to see this

The Tailored Sweater

If you require any further hand-holding, or to see the work being made using her techniques and calculator, Ravelry offers:

The Tailored Sweater Group

Armed with a well-designed spreadsheet for the calculations, a support group of fellow enthusiasts and a well-written and painfully exact method, I am converting patterns I have had on the sideline for a long time, ready to go when my working life relaxes.

Tuulia Salmela, a young Finnish designer and entrepreneur, has made me a happy man. And Ms. Walker has become honest, again, in my eyes. I am worshipful of them both. Different alter, but the same aching knee!


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Fantastic information, Mark.

Fantastic information, Mark. If I really get bit by the sweater design bug, this will be great resources. Lots of luck in the marathon and have a great Halloween. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

New York Built's picture

With this tutorial. all the

With this tutorial. all the sexy, interesting stuff about a sweater hits hard at the beginning, then into strong, thoughtful cadences of rhythmic progression, then into the long inexorable inevitable conclusion...sort of like...oh, never mind.

If I have a little extra money, I buy yarn, fiber books, and knitting supplies. I get food with what's left over.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture


Blushing furiously...especially since this is a public computer. Still, it is a titillating reply. Thanks. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

albert's picture

Mark, I've just re-read your

Mark, I've just re-read your post about steeking the shoulders. I find it difficult to follow, though I've read it several times before. I wonder if you could elaborate on the method?

New York Built's picture

Anytime, Albert. You are

Anytime, Albert. You are always so kind in sharing your expertise with me and others. Please ask if you have any questions. Click on this:

Steeked Shoulders Demystified

"When I have a little extra money, I buy yarn, fiber books, and knitting supplies. I get food with what's left over."

ronhuber's picture

Thanks, Mark. I am working

Thanks, Mark. I am working on a Fair Isle Vest and will do this.

albert's picture

This is excellent- Thanks,

This is excellent- Thanks, Mark!

albert's picture

I look forward to updates as

I look forward to updates as you work with this method- it sounds very interesting.

albert's picture

I'll be interested to hear

I'll be interested to hear your opinion of this method of it's possible application to color knitting.

New York Built's picture

Tuulia has several comments

Tuulia has several comments in her tutorial about how to use this for stranded knitting, because the pattern is carried right through to the sleeve, no need to steek there. I also think I can still steek the shoulders to attain short row shaping in stranded knitting...but I need to get done with the current work, then knitting.

But for mosaic, or other color work, no sweat.

"If I have a little extra money, I buy yarn, fiber books, and knitting supplies. I get food with what's left over."