Knitting Genius

I’ve just done something so clever with my knitting that all I can do is run around the apartment squealing about how clever I am. While I wait to get some extra yarn I need for Jackson’s crab, I’ve started Sam’s fall sweater. I’ve finally gotten past all the fit issues I was having (stupid yarn) and cast on. Want to see?


I know what you’re thinking: That’s funny. I thought O W L S was a bottom-up sweater. Why is she working from the top down?

Good question. THAT’S WHAT’S SO CLEVER. I’m not working from the top down at all! I used a provisional cast-on so I could knit the yoke first. This will enable me to make sure the sweater is the right length by knitting down from the chest, and will also allow me to decide at the last possible moment whether to do ribbing or something else at the bottom.

(I can hear the non-knitters backing away slowly. It’s OK, guys! Just skip to the comments and tell me how much you love the wee owls.)

There’s only one teensy flaw in my brilliant plan. The next step was to be Sam trying the yoke on to quadruple-check the sizing. And naturally, Sam has NO CLUE what I am trying to pull over his head (it really does not look like a sweater and even if it did it is too warm for a sweater today) so he refuses to cooperate.


P.S. The color is way off in the photo. It is actually a rich, chocolate-y brown.

17 thoughts on “Knitting Genius

  1. Anne

    October 15, 2009 at 2:25pm

    I’m stepping slowly back up to the ocmputer to tell you that I absolutely adore the wee owls!!! (I don’t even know if I know what that means :)

  2. Katherine

    October 15, 2009 at 2:39pm

    Sweet. I knitted an O W L S hat about a year ago and just loved it, and was very tempted to start a sweater but I hate knitting sweaters bottom-up and still haven’t taught myself a provisional cast-on.

    It’s going to look awesome on Sam.
    .-= Katherine´s last post ..CYOB. 2009. Aw yeah. =-.

  3. Laurie Ann

    October 15, 2009 at 3:29pm


    Genius does not even begin to describe that plan. I mean, really, Oh My God! You just blew my mind. Pregnancy brain, indeed.
    .-= Laurie Ann´s last post ..Don’t shoot me =-.

  4. Annika

    October 15, 2009 at 3:35pm

    Laurie — the thing that really kills me about this brilliant plan is what it’s going to do for sweaters I make myself. BOOB AND WAIST SHAPING IN THE CORRECT PLACES. GUARANTEED.

    Katherine — you can totally knit one top-down. If you do a raglan, I think you’d have to put the owls below the sleeves (because you wouldn’t be able to increase for the 19 owl rows), but you can also do a yoke-style sweater top-down. Or you can do it using my brilliant plan and I will teach you to cast on provisionally.

    Anne — thank you. I appreciate it all the more knowing you are not sure what you’re complimenting me on.

  5. ChiaLynn

    October 15, 2009 at 3:50pm

    Thanks to Google and, I now know what you’re talking about, and I am very, very impressed. :D
    .-= ChiaLynn´s last post ..And away we go… =-.

  6. K

    October 15, 2009 at 6:35pm

    Owls!! Love!!!

  7. SAJ

    October 15, 2009 at 7:48pm

    I love the wee owls!
    .-= SAJ´s last post ..Fermob! =-.

  8. Diane Dawson

    October 16, 2009 at 2:22am

    Well, I am a moderate knitter. So prreeeettyy impressed. (And preeetttyy sure I know what you’re talking about). But I do adore the wee owls!

  9. Susan

    October 16, 2009 at 5:55am

    Brilliant! I’ve been wanting to knit that sweater for myself, but worried about length issues knitting from the bottom up. You are indeed a knitting genius!
    .-= Susan´s last post ..Why Yes, These Words ARE Tasty =-.

  10. Cazzle

    October 16, 2009 at 8:59am

    That is a most excellent way of going about it, dude. :) I am very impressed!

  11. Lucretia

    October 16, 2009 at 9:39am

    I totally don’t like knitting, (my sister likes it and has knitted me some awesome stuff, plus she likes sewing and stuff) but I LOVE knitwear, and those owls are totally awesome.

  12. Lucretia

    October 16, 2009 at 9:41am

    I just showed my mum.

    Her reaction: “Aw. AW!!! Genius!”

  13. Lynn Fisher

    October 19, 2009 at 2:13pm

    Hello, I’m here via Sue Seeger’s site….what awesome knitting job! I knitted a little last year and decided it just was not for me. Now a new store has moved close to us, “Shepherd’s Choice”, (have you heard of it?)…the colors are amazing…so I may have to dabble again.
    .-= Lynn Fisher´s last post ..Watercolor Mono-print Journal Pages…sort of =-.

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