Saturday, January 22, 2022

Tips on Finishing your Odin's Creatures pullover

 Here is my gorgeous granddaughter in MY new sweater. I am keeping it.

I took lots of pictures along the way to help you knit it.  It is knit in the round with steeks at the front, and back neck and on the henley opening.

Back with Yggdrasil the tree of the
9 worlds.

Front has The horse Sleipnir  and the two wolves Geri and Freki

No steeks at the side but by carefully marking the side stitch you sew the middle stitch about 1/4" less than the width of the upper sleeve and sew it on with yarn along a garter ridge on the sleeve. Picture to follow.

I knit the neck in the round with a steek in the middle decreasing on both sides to match every row. Clearly marked on the pattern. No need to work back and forth and the way I knit the neck it makes it lovely rounded!

There are bindrunes all over this sweater. They are named on the pattern, all good ones like Spiritual health, Protection, Wolf, Horse and "A conspiracy of ravens"!! Who knew this is what a group of ravens are called. Huginn and Munin live on the upper sleeves.   There are a lot of charts and big so you can see them. Don't try to connect them around the body. I put the 3 lower front charts on the top of a magnet board and the 3 lower back charts below. It is easy to tell what row you are on by the pattern and the solid black lines every 10 rows.  You can number the lines if you wish. The top is easy to follow by watching where you are on the animals. You can see the rows done below the magnet strips and just move it every row. Don't move the charts, only when you need to flip the panels over and work on up.

The sleeve is charted the same way. If you can't understand this please write me at for help.
Increases are charted but you can change the lines to your desired size and length on the sleeve.
This is the steek mid front     You hold 3 sts on a holder
then cast on 9 sts which will be cut after sewing 4
rows of small machine stitching around the 3 center
stitches.  You can see the back stitching at the
bottom.  It is not scary.. Practice on the back neck!
Hold your hand under the steek and you won't cut through to the back

Some of us have a nice glass of wine after the cutting!  First measure, then sew then cut... Hope these pictures will help

You can see the center background 
stitch between front and back.  Sew  
the same 4 rows. I cut and then zig
zag the edge. All the stitching will 
be well hidden!

Seriously after you do a little it is easy.  I measure the width of the upper sleeve and sew around the 3 side center stitches. 4 rows of small stitching. Mark the depth well and down the center stitch  It is a great idea to use a different color thread so
you can see it.

Sew with the color of your garter ridge doing 
matress stitch on the body (keep it really straight
vertically)  Work into the garter bump on the
sleeve side.

This is from last years sweater but shows the arm
stitching better! You have to ease in stitches on the body size.

 Match the shoulder patterns exactly and do a 3 needle bind off from the inside.

  The neck is double and covers
the steeks.  This is my antique 
necklace hand stitched and 
bought in Germany when I 

Nice woven braid I stitched on to cover front steeks.