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Update to ‘Here’s some knitting yo” and also some math

You can see the precursor to this post in the post below this one. That’s a mouthful of a sentence.
Ehh, you’re all smart. I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

FIRST OFF: If you are knitting the Dorthe Skappel sweater, check out some of the math I did at the end of this post for yardage ( I did it in meters but I don’t know the word for it. Meterage? That doesn’t sound like a word….)

Ok, UPDATE: I’ve decided to keep plugging away at it. I’m trying really hard to find the ombre match in each ball of yarn, cutting my current working yarn and tying on the next colour. It’s painful but it’s working!

I’ve decided that the ‘back’ I already knit will now become the front and I will turn this new messterpiece into the new back. This new piece is better anyway because the ribbing at the bottom seems thicker so it gives it the illusion that it’s longer than it really is. The pattern recommends making the back longer, which is the case in most of my clothes anyway.

I will have to undo the bind-off and tie on some new yarn to turn the old back into the front to add on the shoulders and neckline but it should be easy enough. I still have that ball of yarn I left off with.

The new back is on the right in each photo. Mmm candy corn.

That brighter patch you see on the new back piece is a patch of sunlight.
If you wondered, I have cut and tied three times so far, possibly four. The first one counts because I had to roll open a ball of yarn to find the right colour to start the ribbing with. It’s a tad bit darker, but you can’t tell in person. I had to just go with it because I knew I would never stick to this and it would just be an unfinished project that turns into a dog blanket.

So, now I have three and like, 1/3 balls of yarn lying about and I’m starting to wonder if I will have a ton left over.
Let’s do some math! Ewwwwww

The pattern calls for a grand whopping total of 2310m of yarn combined (both types of yarn used is this max total). 8 balls of 175m + 7 balls of 130m = 2310m. Ya?

SO;

If I were to only use ONE type of yarn, like I am doing, then I only need 1400m of yarn (I’m going with 8balls at 175m here because not having enough would suuuuuck).

I bought 4 balls of this Lion Brand stuff at 473m each and it totals 1892m. So I will have almost 2 balls left over! This turned out well because I will have to tear into each ball to get my ombre’s to match up.

Now, I suspect that next time I make this sweater -which I will- with lace yarn, I will just get 7 balls of 130m so I will only need 910m of yarn to make this sweater.

NINE  HUNDRED AND TEN.

That is all.
Like, wtf you guys.
I’m gonna have about 982m of yarn left over. That’s definitely 2 balls and a bit extra. It’s too bad we have a gas fireplace cause it’s encased in a glass front, otherwise I would throw this extra shit right the fuck in there.

So anyway,  I am definitely making this sweater again and definitely telling you guys what the bare minimum you’re gonna need is.

Omg. Imagine if I went with like, 60 cast on instead of 80 holy shit….

BTW, I am totally holding copyright on the word messterpiece. It’s mine. I made it up. Don’t even tell me if you’ve heard it before cause you didn’t. I won’t believe you cause I made it up just now I did it it’s mine goodbye.

 

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Here’s some knitting yo

I’m knitting the Dorthe Skappel sweater RIGHT NOW and I love it. It can get monotonous but it goes by so quick and I can watch my favourite shows while I make it! So there’s not really any messing up happening and I’m able to zone out AND I will have a great sweater!

I’m a beginner(ish) knitter and this sweater is really inspiring me to keep up with this new(ish) hobby. (I started knitting when I was a kid and have only ever made scarves in garter).

There are PLENTY of sources out there now for the english version but this is where I found English that works for me. I ended up using two different peoples version of the same sweater. I found it helped to have both.

http://the-fuzzy-corner.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-norwegian-skappel-sweater.html

https://misscrk.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/the-pattern-for-the-dorthe-skappel-sweater-in-english/

I haven’t quite grasped the ability to knit in the round yet on circular needles (I am thinking that I should choose wood next time over the slippery as eff metal ones) so I am using size 10.5 needles (big fatties) instead and just cramming the sweater on.

I also decided not to double up the yarn and make this sweater loose, airy and light so fitting the 80 stitches on the straight needles is super easy.
Actually, I think I could do it even if I choose to double the yarn like the pattern says.

So just another warning: Because this sweater is knit in four different parts, DO NOT use ombre yarn for this unless the yarn is EXTREMELY consistent!
The yarn I chose is really random in the ombre dye colour change. I realized what was happening after I made the front piece.

Tra la la was happily knitting until it was done and then I was like..”Ohhhhh. SHIT. How do I make the back the same as the front so the colours match up and I don’t look like I’m wearing a patchwork quilt from the 70’s?”
So I after I knit the bottom edge ribbing I decided it would be no problem because I could just cut the yarn and add on the yarn from where the ombre colour change begins again in the same pattern/dye.
No such chance. The yarn I chose has RANDOM COLOUR CHANGE. OMG you guys.
Is there a way to know this BEFORE choosing a ton of yarns for a project?
So now I am unsure if I should start a new sweater or just have this one be patchwork and probably never wear it. It is my first sweater though and with that the fact that I am learning is what’s important. I just kinda hoped I could wear it too :P

Does anyone even like patchwork!?

Btw the yarn I am using IS gorgeous and soft and I love it but don’t look for consistency if you are planning on using more than one ball- Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball Healing Teal.

I IS gorgeous. Just wish the whole thing could be consistent.
I’ll add more pictures when it’s done.

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