Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Armhole question.

I should preface this by saying this is my first garment.
I started working on the back yesterday and am very confused about the armholes of this garment. I fold over and whipstitch the entire back and the entire front (in two sections), right? So what is left for the armholes and how do I thread the ribbon through in order to make the straps?
Maybe I'm just being super-dense and it will make sense once I get that far, I'm just confused -- if everything is folded over and whipstitched and no stitches are bound off than what is left?


IrishGirl said...

I think you'll understand it as you go along...

Here are some notes:
It will actually be 3 sections since the front is split in two.

TRY IT ON before you whip stitch the stitches in case you have to adjust something.

Once you whip stitch the live stitches to the inside of the garment, you will have made channels for the ribbon to go through. You whip stitch the live stitches, so you don't have to bind off.

To thread the ribbon, begin at the front split. Using a yarn needle, thread towards the arm hole, across the back & around to the other side of the front, tying in the middle.

Look at my finished tunic on June 19th (titled, "I'm finished!") for a good shot of the arm hole. The arm hole is basically just a split & the ribbon makes the strap.

In essence, the tunic will look like a tube top with 3 splits (1 front split & 2 arm splits) before you put the ribbon through it.

Sorry for the long post, let me know if you have more questions!
;) Bren

Pixie said...

Thanks. I went back and looked at the picture of yours and it sort of makes sense. I was worried because it looks like it's gapping a little bit where the stitches are separated and was wondering if that's going to be "finished". I guess it's not, and yours looks fine, so I'll try not to worry so much.
Thanks again!

IrishGirl said...

The sts did gap a little at the arm hole split, but I think it's because the yarn I'm using has zero stretch. I'm sure there is a trick to avoiding this like plan for another stitch and then k2tog AT the split...or something to that effect. I could use a bit of yarn and reinforce the split, that would work as well. I haven't washed it yet, so I'll see it afterwards and decide. Happy Knitting!