Seedy Winston Pullover
I finished knitting my seed stitch Winston Pullover this week for the knit-along! I was soooo close to the finish line, I'd reached the ribbing at the end of the second sleeve, when I realized I'd missed my last set of decreases for the shaping and had to rip half of the sleeve out and redo it. I was tempted to leave it but the perfectionist in me talked me out of it. The re-knitting took no time at all—I'm glad I forced myself to do it. And now I can finally wear my clay coloured Winston! YAY!
I promised to share my modifications with you once I was done! I've typed them up below, but you can also find them on my project page here on Ravelry.
1 — Same Gauge
Because seed stitch has an identical gauge to Stockinette, I was able to substitute without having to do any math!
2 — Raglan Increases
For seed stitch to be "unbroken" the paired increases for the raglan shaping need to be side by side (instead of having stitches in between them) so I swapped in “kfb, sm, kfb” for all of the raglan increases.
3 — Added 1 extra stitch to front neck cast-on
For the seed stitch to be continuous in the round there needed to be an uneven number of stitches in every round. I added an extra stitch to (C) when I cast on the front neck.
4 — Added 2 extra stitches per sleeve
My size had an additional increase round for the body and not the sleeves. To maintain those paired increases and not break up the seed stitch I did an additional round of sleeve increases to match the body. This meant the sleeves ended up with an added two stitches to their final stitch count.
5 — Sleeve Decreases
For the seed stitch to be continuous in the round I decreased 1 stitch at the beginning-of-round marker to achieve an odd number.
Again the decreases for the sleeve shaping needed to be side by side to maintain the seed stitch pattern. I used p2tog for both decreases when the round began with a purl stitch, and k2tog for both decreases when the round began with a knit stitch.
I decreased 1 stitch at the beginning of the first round of the cuff because the ribbing needed to be an even number.
6 — OPTIONAL - Short-row shaping / back hem
I was inspired by my friend Karen's Winston — she'd added short row shaping to her back hem and it looked amazing!
Here's how I did mine:
When (N) = 11” work short rows as follows:
Row 1: Work across body until all right underarm stitches have been worked, wrap and turn.
Row 2: Work across back until all left underarm stitches have been worked, wrap and turn.
Row 3: Work across back until 5 stitches remain before gap, wrap and turn.
Row 4: Repeat Short Row 3.
Next: Work across to BOR marker working wraps from right underarm as you go.
Next: Work across, working wraps from left underarm as you go, and ending round at right underarm.
Change to smaller circular needle and work as written in pattern for ribbed hem.
Remember to decrease away your extra stitch from (C) as you’ll now need an even number for the 1x1 rib!
It's been fun watching new Winston's pop up on social media—I'm constantly finding inspiration in the #WINSTONpullover feed. If you've been wanting to cast on but need a little extra inspiration, scroll through for yourself! I've also added my absolute faves to my Instagram highlights here.