Dances With Wool

Ramblin Woman Knit-a-long

Ramblin Woman Shop Knit-a-Long

IMPORTANT: Although we are willing to provide support and answer questions when needed, we will not be making up the classes.


Helpful video (start at 12:20 where she begins picking up the band).

What Column to Use: Move in two columns from the crochet edge. Stay two columns away from the crochet all the way down the sweater. You will not stay in a straight line all the way, since you have increases to allow for the A-line shape.

Picking up Stitches: The pattern recommends picking up 2 stitches of every three. Make sure you pick up the same number of both sides. Be sure you end on an odd number so you begin on a knit stitch and end on a knit stitch.

How Many Rows? Caitlin suggests 7 rows of knitting, but use your best judgment for what is best for you.

Help Session 6: THE STEEK!!

This is a great video for helping you understand the process (Thank you, Celeste!): Reinforcing and Cutting a Steek

Use thread or thin yarn to baste a straight line where you will be cutting so that you don’t accidentally move over a stitch to the right or left.

Next Meeting: Friday Sept. 6, 9:00 or Sunday, Sept. 8, 4:00: Picking up stitches for a button band

Help Session 5: Knitting the Sleeves

Notes from knitters on Ravelry...


  • “I’m not sure how, as my gauge was pretty much on, but my sleeve chart J ended up quite a lot short of where the sleeve length should be, so I ended up needing to knit 33 rows to achieve a nice long bubble sleeve.”

Look at CarrieStrine’s notes and picture...normal sleeve decreases.  


  • “For the sleeves, I increased to a larger size for the upper arms to ensure enough ease there. I picked up additional stitches and then made up the difference with increases in the underarm area of the next round. I decreased down to my original size when the pattern has you decrease (between charts I and J).”


  • “I knit the sleeves several inches shorter than recommended as they seemed excessively long. However, I now think I could add 2-3” more if I wanted, although bracelet length might work for me for this style of dress!”

Increases of stitches on the needle to adjust size: 

Adding Length to sleeves

  • stockinette section before the cuff

  • Also, you can add increases on chart I in the repeat section (rows 8-13).


Avoiding holes in the underarm

Bindoff (I would not suggest Jenny’s Stretchy Bindoff). Think about one of these two for a nicer edge:

NEXT CLASS: Friday, August 23, 9:00 or Sunday, August 25, 4:00

Suggestion from many notes on Ravelry:  Steam as you go and adjust when needed.

Help Session 4: Sleeve Divide

  • We tried our blocked yokes on to determine where to break for the sleeves. Some of us felt we needed to jump ahead and do chart E before dividing for sleeves to allow us another inch. This was true for some of us who went down a needle size. We are finding the row gauge for this sweater is just as important as the stitch gauge. At least this break for the sleeves can be easily adjusted. If you break for sleeves after chart E, do so on the knit even round after the chart.

  • AGAIN, VERY IMPORTANT! Be sure you don’t just go straight to the charts without reading the directions for how many stitches you need to start with for each size. Some of you will initially start with 0 or 1 stitch before beginning the chart repeat. Complete the charts to the rib border, and do the hem. Make adjustments in length as needed by doing less repeats of a chart.

  • HOMEWORK FOR NEXT CLASS! Complete the charts to the rib border, and do the hem. Make adjustments in length as needed by doing less repeats of a chart.

  • Here is a podcast that has helpful information about sweater fit (Starting at 5:00 minutes in).

    A Stitch in Time Podcast Episode 67: Definitely NOT Sweater Weather!



Help Session 3: Charts C & D

  • With all the increases, you are building MANY stitches on the needles. It is always recommended to run a lifeline before beginning a chart and then again in the middle of chart C. This just insures that if you have made a mistake, you can rip back with confidence that you will get all the stitches back on the needle.

  • VERY IMPORTANT! Be sure you don’t just go straight to the charts without reading the directions for how many stitches you need to start with for each size. For chart C, some of you will initially start with 0, 3, or 6 stitches before beginning the chart repeat.

  • AFTER CHARD D AND BEFORE NEXT CLASS: If you are on interchangeable needles, join another 32-40 inch cord with a connector to the cord your stitches are on. Take off the needles at each end and use your end caps to keep the stitches from slipping off. Now block the yoke. Bring your blocked yoke on the extended cord to the next class.

NEXT CLASS: Friday, May 24, 9:00 or Saturday, May 25, 9:00.

Help Session 2: German Short Rows, Chart A, Chart B

Videos to watch for this section:

  • Very Pink Knits: German Short Rows

    We have a “cheat sheet” at the store for you to keep with your knitting notes. Just ask for one next time you are in the store. We recommend THIS method of short rows over a wrap and turn.

    Place a marker at each distorted stitch so that it marks the placement of the distorted stitch. When you finish the short rows, and begin knitting in the round again, you will knit the “two stitches” of the distorted stitch together. The markers help you see those distorted stitches better. Just remove those markers as you knit the distorted stitches.

HOMEWORK: Work pattern as written to the beginning of Chart C

NEXT MEETINGS: Friday, May 10, 9:00 AM or Saturday, May 11, 4:00 PM

Help Session 1: Let’s Get Started!

Notes from Class One Ramblin Woman

1.  Take measurements

Bust Measurement:  Fullest point take a deep breath that fills your chest (that adds about another inch of positive ease.

Waist (where bottom of rib cage comes in) 1-2/1/2 inches above belly button

Hips (fullest part of hips) Usually where the pockets of jeans are 

Shoulder width:  edge of bicep to edge of bicep

Arm Length:  underarm—top of bra strap, measurement to wrist

Desired length  bump on your back neck to below bum

2.  Swatching is Important

Cast on 24 stitches in mc on DP needles or circular

1st row knit 2 stitches mc followed by 2 stitches cc to end.  Slide stitches to other end of the needle  (yes you will have a long float of yarn)

2nd Row:  Repeat 2nd row.  Slide stitches to end of the needle

3rd Row:  On next row, change pattern to 2 stitches cc and 2 stitches mc 

4th Row:  Repeat that row one more time

Repeat those four rows for 28 rounds 

BO loosely

Block by either steaming or wet blocking