I can’t believe I’ve been working on this sweater for seven weeks. I don’t remember the last time I’ve worked on something for seven weeks without stopping and still been in love with the project. The yarn is swoonworthy. I feel lucky to be knitting with it whenever I pick it up.
This week I worked on pockets. I decided to knit the pocket lining using the Spider chart in the Alterknit Stitch Dictionary. The Throughstone sweater I cast on in March, then cast to the side when I started the Arachne, has colorwork pocket linings, and I love the look. I decided to go with a black background and orange spiders. I knit the linings flat, because I didn’t feel like working with DPNs.
Today I tried on my sweater to decide where I should put the pockets. I was surprised to discover that they were ready to add to the sweater.
This is my first time adding pockets in this manner in a top down sweater. It’s easy with bottom up sweaters. I ended up kitchenering the pockets to the sweater, knitting around the sweater, then using the knitted cast on to replace the stitches kitchenered off. I’m planning on doing an inch or so (until I get bored or annoyed) of garter stitch at the top of the pockets to decrease rolling. I didn’t research this method, I just decided to add pockets and made it happen.
I wasn’t planning on working on this sweater much over the next week, but John told me the sweater reminded him of when teens wear cut off jean shorts so short their pockets hang out. I can’t unsee that image now, so I’ll probably knit furiously until the pockets are covered.
Are you working on an Arachne? How is it going?