Day 53: Binding Off

I bound off the bottom of my sweater!!!

My circular needles are wound up and put away, and my tapestry needle is out. And I mean, also my straight needles. I do still need to finish the pockets. But as soon as those pockets are done and the ends are woven in, it’s just going to be a matter of blocking!

The bottom of this sweater has gone so well.

I did decide to put the seam in through the entire body of the sweater, even though I didn’t put it in when I knit the sleeves. It’s not going to bother me on the body, and I think that the body would look a little too static without it.

The pockets were really easy, too, once I figured out how to cast stitches onto my needle. And I got to learn a new cast on stitch! I don’t know if I mentioned, but the cable cast on was new for me.

Between that and the provisional cast on, that makes two new techniques I’ve learned because of this sweater. Of those two, I definitely prefer provisional cast on, and I will definitely be using that more in the future.

The bottom border on this sweater was also super easy, and it’s a great way to finish off. It’s stockinette stitch all the way across, from one end to the other, with no increases whatsoever. I didn’t have to count rows or keep track of anything, I just knit until it seemed like I was getting close to the recommended length, gave it a quick try on here and there to see how I was liking it, and stopped when it seemed long enough.

And let me tell you, it’s definitely long enough. Which is exactly what I wanted!

I knew it was going to feel like I was knitting the body for an eternity, because I wanted a really long sweater. That’s just generally what I prefer. Something to really wrap yourself up in, especially when they set the office thermostat to “just warm enough to keep the pipes from freezing,” which is what it feels like half the time in my office.

So as I’m wrapping this up in the next few days, if anybody has any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment on this post or any other in this series. And if you have any recommendations for my next project, let me know!

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