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traveling sweater assembly

Hello, my lovelies...

A little design of mine hit the world earlier this year, and I'm so happy to see so many of you working up your own Traveling Sweaters!

But I do realize that the assembly instructions can seem somewhat daunting when taken at first flush. So, in the spirit of "a picture is worth a thousand words," here is a photo tutorial of the seaming and assembly process on this bad boy. Once you've seen it laid out here, I hope you'll feel more at home putting yours together!

(Fabulous beach house optional for assembly.) (But it helps.)

Step One: Layout.

This is the circular collar/body, laying on the floor with the RS facing up and the cast on & last rows at the 6 o'clock position:

(If you have the RS facing up, the provisional cast-on stitches will be to the right, and the live stitches from the last row on their waste yarn will be to the left.)

Next: Lay out your back/sleeve pieces in the center hole, with their RS also facing up, and their cast-on edges at the inside of the circle, pointing north/south:

Note where the angled side of each back portion is – at the top in the photo. Those will become the shoulders, so they need to be at the top of the sweater.

Step Two: First Seam.

Your collar/body was knit in 8 wedges (each consisting of 4 repeats). Note the pins marking the division between the wedges):

You will be seaming the bottom and tops of each back piece to two wedges.
I first seamed wedges 8 and 7 to the lower edge of the left back, like this:

The pin you placed to mark the beginning of the sleeve shaping is the marker for the end of that red line and this seam.

Staying on the left half of the sweater, your next mission is the shoulder seam. And, you guessed it, you'll be seaming wedges 6 and 5 to the top of the back, where the angled shaping is:

The AHA! moment here is when you realize that in order to sew these parts together, the two pins that mark the beginning of the sleeve have to come together at the underarm. This causes the sleeve to form a tube from that point down.
I crocheted my prototype together with contrasting yarn to show you how that top seam works, and how the two pieces converge:

Mirror-image symmetry being what it is, you'll do those same two seams (lower back and upper back) on the right side of the sweater, with wedges 1 & 2 seamed to the lower back and wedges 3 & 4 seamed to the upper back.
Seaming method? Up to you, but I enjoyed crocheting them together (with the Woobu, not the contrasting yarn, ultimately.) (Ahem.)


Step Three: Fusing the Spine.

Sadly, I have no photos of this phase (must have gotten too excited to be that close to the finish line!)

But what you are left with at this point is a 'spine' that is split up the back of the sweater, from the 6 o'clock position on up to the inside edge of the collar/body at the intersection of wedges 4 & 5 (at the 12 o'clock position).

Those top wedges (4 & 5) will lay behind your neck and form the collar, that can double as a hood! I didn't want any seams there, so I had you do the collar/body all in one piece, all 8 wedges of it.

The remaining assembly is done by knitting the two edges together and then working a two-stitch I-cord bind-off. You begin at the top of the seam (where the base of your neck would be): in the first pass, you knit the stitches together from the two sides, alternating K2tog and P2tog.

In the second pass, working from the base of the garment back up to the neck, you work that two-stitch I-cord bind-off.

Photos of that in another post, as soon as I can get some little samples worked up for demo.

If anything needs further clarification or could use improvement, feel free to leave a (gentle, productive) comment! Happy finishing!

Reader Comments (10)

Thank you for this!!!! I'm on my last piece so seaming should start next weekend. I'm so excited about my new sweater.

December 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha

Yay, Samantha! You go, girl!

December 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterakabini

Thank you so much! This was extremely helpful in finishing my Traveling Sweater. I tried to follow the written directions, but really needed a visual nudge for the construction. I'm confidently seaming as I type! (Well, not really, but you get the idea.)
Thanks again,
SiouxVK on Ravelry

February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSiouxVK

I love Traveling Sweater..constrution and the Woobu yarn! I have the "errata"slip included with my BlueMoon pattern. I wonder if one row was excluded though? After completing the Final Short Row (RS) and removing markers You can not start Short Row 1 as it is, because it is also a RS. So it needs to include a work Short Row 2 (WS) as established without placing a marker, right? This is what I am doing, to maintain the shape. I am hoping it is correct. Would love some feedback. Thanks Dorinda

April 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDorinda

After wedge 1, my row count was not correct. So I reread the Wedge instruction and alas...not the "Short row", but turn the pattern page back and include "Row 1 & 2"...I got it. So I cut my pattern so I can look at the complete Wedge instructions each time and do mindless knitting. Thank you sorry for my confusion. Dorinda

April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDorinda

I suspect that the sleeves are going to be too long on me. Any advice on how to adjust the sleeve length? What measurements on the sleeve match an actual measurement on my arm? If I measure pit to wrist, does that match the section after the marker on the sleeve?

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Wilson

I absolutely love the pattern for this. I just wish it would be smaller :(
Unfortunately I'm not really smart enough to change the pattern so the result would be smaller.
But for everyone larger than uk size 8 this is perfect!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetty

I have a pattern question: I purchased the 'Traveling Sweater Pattern' at Twisted in Portland while I was visiting some time ago. I love the design and construction! I just received my gorgeous Woobu in the mail (and I just love it!) and began my first wedge, anyway my question is: I am making the size small, and on page 6 under the head 'sizes small, large, and extra large only' there are 2 row 18s (one as a row 14 repeat and one as a row 12 repeat. I would just appreciate some clarification. The pattern says "Reprint Jan 2012" if that helps. I checked the Errata on the 'Bluemoon' website but it didn't apply. When I sent Bluemoon an e-mail they directed me to this website. Thank you!

January 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Thanks for this and your positive encouragement to those of us working on such a beautiful garment.

April 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I am attempting to make a modified Traveling Sweater that looks like one I saw on TV --- Jane Fonda wears a Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater in several episodes of Grace and Frankie -- it is less flared, has stockinette in place of much of the ribbing, and appears to have grafted the join. My question to you is, how to reduce flare? Should the wedges be modified, or should the pattern use 7 rather than 8? Also, a challenge of stockinette is to have the right side show on the collar as well as on the body. I think I can figure that out by making a muslin model. You seem to be the go-to person for this pattern....

July 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

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