When I fist saw Elizabeth Zimmermann’s green sweater in  Twist Collective, I knew I had to make it. Took a bit of celestial alignment – I picked up the pattern in Wisconsin and knew I needed something warm for Iceland* – but here it is.

green sweater

It really is hard for me to knit anything as written. But I didn’t make many changes on this one; decided on ribbing as a hem treatment instead of a facing and narrowed the sleeves slightly by removing an inch for the armhole depth. I alternated decreases every 2nd round then every 3rd round for a longer sleeve, since the length of the sleeve is dictated by the number of stitches picked around the armhole and I had picked up fewer.

green sweater2

The pic above is a little fuzzy, but shows something I always, always do when working armhole steeks – work a three needle bind off before finishing my steeks with crochet and cutting them open. The resulting steek flows over the shoulder.

green sweater3

For giggles, I tried something new this time and picked up stitches for the sleeves through a column of stitches. It worked – the little facing created by the steek selvedge is forced to the wrong side and lies flat without any steaming or blocking whatsoever. I love it when things work as anticipated.

green sweater4

I also experimented with picking up both the right side and wrong side of the faced neckband using two circulars – most of my finishing is done at night and visibility with such a dark colour can be an issue. Instead of sewing down the live stitches, doing it this way allowed me to close the neckband using kitchener stitch.

green sweater5

Only buttons and loops are left to sew on! Which is excellent because I am leaving for Iceland tomorrow morning! I will be posting often, because I promised my family I would – my favourite cousin might even make an appearance in the comments!

*yes, I have other sweaters. I just needed a NEW one!

  • No need to justify your new sweater. You are a fiber person – nothing more need be said.

    I love your new sweater … and some of those construction tips look very handy dandy.

    Have a grand time in Iceland!

  • GinkgoKnits

    This is timely for me as I’ve been researching the details of steeking. I’m excited to knit my first steeked sweater and it’s reassuring to see all the ways people hack into their knitting with positive results. Enjoy Iceland!

  • Looks great and those buttons are perfect.
    Would love to know more about that blocking board!

    • Veronik

      it isn’t a blocking board, actually – it’s a cover made for a folding cutting table. I reused the cabinets left over from the kitchen reno, placed a piece of plywood on the top and finished of with the cover. It works really well!

  • Ali P

    If you really loved me you’d make me a sweater too. ;oP
    Its beautiful and I bet the grey looked amazing on you with that skin and those eyes. Very very nice, my friend.

  • I’m curious about how you’d normally pick up stitches for your armhole. I’ve always picked up stitches in a column, but I don’t remember if that was how I was taught or if it just seemed logical.

  • Veronik

    Matt, I’d normally hold the yarn under the fabric, picking up stitches through the ladder between 2 columns of stitches. Do your selvedges usually have more than one stitch, or are you referring to steeked garments?

  • I was talking about steeks. I don’t think I understand the difference between what… Wait. In this project, did you pick up IN the column of stitches versus BETWEEN them?

  • Veronik

    I kept my yarn on the right side and picked on either side of the column – it might be hard to visualize. Let me try to be clearer: I folded the facing, held the garment with the RS towards me and went through both thicknesses. Maybe a should do some tests on swatches and post close-ups…