2023: Wk of 2/12-18; Sea Glass Tee FO, Deschain Cast-on, and Socks WIP


Happy dance. I think this is almost a record. Knit this tee in one month. Yes, I knit a tee last year in one month but that was for a test knit and I swore I’d never put that much pressure on myself. Being all stockinette certainly added to this being a quick knit. I didn’t have to keep checking a pattern or a chart. I just love it and I’m looking forward to knitting more. I do think I’ll try knitting it as stripes with alternating dark/light rows instead of stitches so that the fabric is not double thick. As is, it is going to be a very warm tee.


Next up is the Deschain sweater. This project has been in my queue for years. It was recommended years ago at my LYS when I was starting to knit sweaters. As it turns out, not really a good first sweater in my opinion since it’s a pieced sweater. It was popular at the time which I think is why the salesperson recommended it. I didn’t realize it was pieced until I just reviewed the pattern. Ugh. I had planned to avoid pieced sweaters. Oh well. I’m going to give it a go since it’s for my daughter. I have to knit two sizes larger since I’m using DK instead of the called for Aran weight yarn. I hope to have it done by the end of March.


I’ve knit the heels in both socks so I’m back to easy stockinette knitting as I work up the legs. I forgot to switch to the contrast yarn for the heels. Oh well. I’m sure I’ll be able to use the remaining yarn for contrast toes in another pair of socks.

That’s it from sunny Florida. It was a quiet week. Wishing everyone a good week, knitting and otherwise.

This is a year of projects (YOP12) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). YOP started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. You can find more detailed information about my projects on my project pages in Ravelry (MaureenHD).  I’ve been knitting for six years.


18 thoughts on “2023: Wk of 2/12-18; Sea Glass Tee FO, Deschain Cast-on, and Socks WIP

  1. Your tee came out beautiful. The Deschain is certainly a lovely pattern. Not sure I would be thrilled with pieced either. I have done pieced sweaters before without an issue but do prefer top down in the round much better. The socks look fine without the contrast heel. Maybe use it for the cuff?

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    1. Thanks. It’s kind of a “sloppy” sweater so I’m hoping that will hide any issues unless I make a major size mistake. I’m trying to remember to put a marker after every repeat so that I a) remember how many repeats I knit and b) can match them up when it’s time to seam. It will be an adventure (she repeats to herself over and over). 🙂

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  2. Your seaglass tee looks fabulous. It makes me tempted to rip out a shawl I made with an advent that I never wear and keep it for this pattern. We shall see. I have avoided pieced garments, the only thing I’ve done is sew two sides of a weird shaped sleeveless cardigan I knit, but attaching arms I’m not brave enough for.

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  3. Wow, the See Glass is just amazing 😻
    I’ve been knitting for a long long time, with strait needles that were the norm here, so piecing each time. I like the structure it gives to a sweater. I mostly knit in the round now and have been so sad at dropped sleeves that stretch out to no end that I avoid that type of construction. Top down is much easier for colour work (I’ve done that in pieces..) and raglan and set up sleeves fit me too. So no dropped sleeves for me !

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    1. Thanks. I think the Deschain can be a combo of knit in the round with portions of the front and back knit separately but the instructions are written for pieces. So if I knit it again I may be able to figure out how to do the combination.

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      1. If you are comfortable and experienced with one piece sweaters, you can figure out how to make any sweater that way. I nearly always do top down, have figured out how to knit on set in sleeves, support shoulders appropriately, do steeks as needed, etc. Yes, the first ones not designed that way were an adventure but I (and the recipients, fortunately) have been pleased with the results.

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  4. The Tee turned out so pretty. The yarn was gorgeous for that pattern. I have not made a set in sleeve sweater but they look better on me. the raglan sleeve does not but it is easier to knit…what a dilemma!
    Those socks are “the bees knees”!

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    1. I do notice that a lot of folks like the more fitted look of seamed garments. I clearly still have a lot to learn about different styles and what looks best on me. So far it’s been about the easier to knit raglan style.


  5. The sea glass tee is wonderful. It’s not in my queue, but I really liked Deschain when it came out. I did not realise it was seamed either but I’m sure you will do fine!

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