Welcome to the Ursa sweater knit-along! Today we’re kicking it off by casting on our sweater. Party!
Starting a new project is a ton of fun. So much hope! So much potential. I love it.
We start at the neckline for Ursa by casting on for our specific size. The next row is a wrong side row where we’ll add stitch markers for raglan shaping and start working the half-brioche stitch or HBS.
All the HBS sections at the start of the sweater are over 3 stitches. Jacqueline, the Ursa sweater pattern designer has a great video tutorial about working the HBS sections. Click here to watch the video.
Below I have a photo tutorial of how to work the HBS section. You can click the images to enlarge them.
And now we’ve worked across the setup row, creating brioche, adding markers, woohoo!
You can see the contrasting color stitch markers which signify the middle of the back of the sweater. There is a faux seam here and the added color helps remind us not to increase at those markers.
On the next row we start increasing for the V-neck and the raglan shaping. We’ll be using m1r and m1l increases which are also called bar increases. I have a great photo tutorial on working these increases here.
How to work an m1R in knitting
Instructions: With left needle pick up the strand between 2 stitches from back to front and knit through the front of the stitch.
How to work an m1L in knitting
Instructions: With the left needle, pick up the strand between 2 stitches from front to back, and knit through the back of the stitch.
Keep in mind that we increase at the markers on every right side row and we increase at the neckline every other right side row. It’s good to keep track of your progress with a counter or a notepad.
I hope you’re off to a good start! Let me know if you have any questions or comments by leaving a note on this blog post or emailing me here.