Monday, January 25, 2010

Ground Control to Major Tom

Ground control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown (Five), engines on (Four)
(Three, two) Check ignition (One) and may God's (Blastoff) love be with you

When I was 16, I attended the strangest public event of my life: a David Bowie concert. Here I was, a girl who listened to treacly pop like Bread and the Carpenters, dropped into the middle of the Capital Center with a bunch of very stoned adolescents and David Bowie, too. I retain these memories: an exceptionally inebriated dude who kept graciously handing me his bong - even though I had zero interest in getting high. All this while a movie played on a giant screen above the stage, showing a tight closeup of a very sharp knife slicing through an eyeball. Ack! So disgusting. To this day, I have PTSD flashbacks. :-)

Why David Bowie this morning? Because I'm "commencing countdown, engines on" with my Handstrikket. While I'm driving, cooking, and staring into space, I'm designing my Handstrikket. I'm in my spacesuit and am ready to go, gang. My current itinerary: use the revised Ditto Cardigan I made last year as template for the new Handstrikket.
  • Use the basic garment construction
    • Knit in the round from the bottom up
    • Make decreases on the sides that emulate seaming
    • Keep the gentle A-line shaping on the skirt of the sweater
    • Knit up to the bottom of the yoke and then knit the sleeves - but make long sleeves rather than elbow-length sleeves
    • Make the sweater about 29-inches long (the original Ditto I made is probably 33 inches long)
    • Join it all together on one needle and knit around
    • Create the yoke
      • Omit the raised rib
      • Use the same decreases
      • Make the neckline two- to three-inches smaller (it's too wide in the current version)
      • Add the fair isle patterning at the top of the yoke
    • Use the same knitted button placket but make it narrower
    • Add ribbing at the neck 
    • Use smaller pewter buttons that match the ones on the original Handstrikket

  • Fair Isle pattern revisions
    • Omit the stranding at the bottom of the sweater (the last thing I need is to have giant fair isle marching horizontally across my giant ass)
    • Retain the stranding on the sleeves and yoke
    • Use blue, brown, and white yarn

  • Sizing
    • I've lost 35 pounds since I made the Ditto Cardigan - which was too large to begin with
    • Rework the sizing to make the sweater skim my current form without being too tight or too loose - and lean towards making the sweater a little smaller since I hope to lose more weight
These are my current plans. Hopefully, I won't end up in a tin can, far above the world! Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do...


  1. Congratulations on loosing the weight. May your mission be successful! Bon voyage!

  2. Thanks for writing this out. it is very educational to be able to see it step by step as you mind works through it.
    Diana (63 up top, 63-73 down below depending on health issues)

  3. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out. I always think about design but that's as far as I go. I've just started knitting sweaters for me and you are such an inspiration! It's so nice to see real plus size women knitting real plus sized garments!!

  4. Thanks for reading, you guys. I appreciate all the support.

    Carrie, if you've just started knitting sweaters for yourself, YOU GO, GIRL! My main goal in life is to get women like us to knit garments that fit. Let's do it together.