Seamless Sweater

So early last Spring, delirious and hallucinating from the sleep deprivation of having a new baby, I decided it would be a good idea to knit myself a sweater. I had just discovered Elizabeth Zimmermann’s knitting books and I was excited and inspired to get back to knitting.

I planned out what I wanted to do with the help of Elizabeth’s Knitting Without Tears, Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila McGregor, and Nina Isaacson’s Design a Sweater Workshop.

And then it took me 5 months to knit the thing because taking on a major knitting project while caring for a baby is bananas.

I learned a couple of new techniques as I knitted along, but the one I found most interesting and challenging was the Kitchener Stitch. According to Elizabeth’s instructions for the armpits of a yoke sweater, gaping holes are left until the very end when you “graft” them together.

I watched this very helpful video and gave it a practice run first.

Then I held my breath and went for it. One thing to keep in mind when you’re using Kitchener on underarms, is that there will be small holes on either side of the grafted stitches. Just stitch those up from the inside as invisibly as you can. It actually ends up looking great, like there was never a hole there.

I’m really happy with the outcome of this sweater. And I know I’ll be wearing it a lot this winter.