Set In My Ways

St Brigid - Back

Who knew my sleeve discussion would elicit so many differing opinions. I really didn’t anticipate that. But, I’m glad it happened — it really got me thinking about what I wanted to do, and what defined “St Brigid” to me.
In the end, I’ve decided to do a set-in sleeve with a saddle shoulder. Marnie was the first to suggest this, and I think it’s going to work well.
I didn’t come to this decision lightly. I sketched and sketched, and poured over pics of sweaters online to find something similar to each that I was considering.
What finally got me was when I stumbled upon a few pics of Demi from Rowan Vintage Knits. The button band works very much like a shoulder saddle and it was all I needed to convince myself that this option can work with a set-in sleeve aran sweater. Here’s a pic of Kate’s Demi to show you what I mean.
The Schedule
I am a bit behind on my schedule. I’ve been doing a lot of work on the house and garden, and didn’t even knit 2 weekends ago at all. I’m almost caught up, and have knit until my thumb started to hurt. I should be back to knitting tonight, and if I finish the back by Friday I think I’ll be OK — I’ll still have 2 weekends left to knit on the front, and that’s really the bulk of my knitting time.
The Next Question
Once I start the front, I’m going to have to decide:

  • Where to split the front for the start of the hood split?
  • What to do with the cables once the split starts?
  • What, if anything, do I want to do with the edge of the hood?

All these decisions are slowing me down, but they’re necessary if I’m going to get the sweater I want in the end.

35 thoughts on “Set In My Ways

  1. You’ve probably addressed this already, but have you seen the way that a hood on a Rogue pulls the front way up? How did you prevent that with St. B?

  2. Ok, now I’m curious….. where is St. Brigid from? Is it a Starmore pattern? It is absofreakinly gorgeous!!!!!!!!
    See, if you can saddle the sleeve pattern all the way to the neck. That would be really cool.

  3. WOW! That is one gorgoues sweater so far! colour me jealous. I have yet to do an ‘allover’ cabled sweater but I am plotting to fix that this fall/winter. I will happily admire yours in the mean time.

  4. Absolutely love the color, Jody. I’ve seen some other saddle/set-in sleeve treatments since your last post and there’s no question it can work beautifully (and I’m so happy that a saddle will remain). It’s fantastic!
    When I first saw mention of the hood on Ravelry, I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself as I considered “The Rogue St. Brigid.” I think there are some very exciting options for a hood!

  5. I think it’ll look pretty genuine if you have the shoulder strap. As for the hood, somehow I picture it in reverse stockinette…

  6. Seems to me that this is the most knitting you’ve done in a St. Brigid yarn. Could this really be the one?
    I’m waiting with bated breath.

  7. that is looking amazing. good decision on the sleeves.
    maybe splitting for the hood so that a cable splits on either side and travels around the edge of the hood?
    do you have another pullover with a hood you could measure to see where to split? or maybe go to the mall and try some hoodies on to see where you need to split so it falls right…

  8. It is coming out beautifully. That you’re behind schedule does not matter, by thinking things oven and planning ahead you are creating a master piece.

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