Shepherd Sweater: Sleeves, part 2!

I hope you’re into the Shepherd Hoodie, because it’s all hoodie all the time around here these days :)

I finished the first sleeve!! Aaah excitement! I modified the length and adjusted the decrease placement slightly to fit my actual arm. The cables look so lovely all long and lean!

Sleeve cables!

Here’s what the underside looks like – you can see that the cables in this section get a bit distorted as you integrate decreases into the pattern.

Underside of sleeve - decreasing in pattern

The cuffs are worked in seed stitch, and are designed to make a bell shape, which I find extremely charming.

Seed stitch progress

Sleeve cuff

I bound off my cuff using the plain old “Work 2, *pass second stitch over first stitch, work 1, repeat from *” method. I bound off purlwise, so that the bind off would be less visible from the right side of the work. (You can see how it looks on the inside of the cuff below.)

Sleeve cuff - inside bind off view

It was a pretty exciting milestone to finish the first sleeve. One more sleeve to go, then the seed stitch hood, weaving in ends, and buttons! I can almost see the finish line if I squint!

Seed stitch bell cuff

One sleeved sweater!

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The Shepherd is delightful!

I am SO excited to be knitting Kate Davies’ design for Juniper Moon’s The Shepherd and The Shearer projectTHE SHEPHERD! Here’s how it’s going so far…

After I washed my yarn and swatched, I started the sweater. I LOVE starting a new project, don’t you? There’s such a feeling of potential and adventure :)

The Shepherd is worked bottom up, and begins with a seed stitch bottom band. I used the cable cast on for this project, because I want the bottom edge to have a little bit of stability to help it lay flat. The cable cast on is also very tidy and clean looking, something I value highly in my finishing and edge techniques.

Casting on!

Then on to seed stitch! Truthfully, I like how seed stitch looks much more than I like working it, but getting a feel for this yarn made it a very pleasant task.

Seed stitch all over the place

This sweater has also allowed me to learn a new skill already – the Tulip buttonhole! Each individual part of the buttonhole creation process is fairly simple, but the result seems to be greater than the sum of its parts. The Tulip buttonhole is extremely tidy, sturdy, and symmetrical.

A Tulips buttonhole!

Finally — CABLES!!! :D

Shepherd progress!

Probably the prettiest cable around

Here’s what the wrong side looks like, just in case you’re curious about things like that.

Cable wrong side

I am so excited to be chugging along on the cabled body. It’s a lovely, rhythmic cable, and I think the results are just stunning. I’m already thinking about which outfits I’ll wear this sweater with! It’s one of those knits that has entirely captured my imagination  :)

Loving the Shepherd :)