At either Thanksgiving or Christmas 2018, I told my mother and sister I would make them a sweater and asked them to choose a pattern. I finished Mom’s pullover (blogged here) and gave it to her at Thanksgiving 2019.
I’ve been working on my sister’s cardigan ever since. The pattern is See You There by Joji Locatelli. It’s a top down design with lots of cabling, so it’s fun to knit. It calls for a worsted weight, but I’m making it in a fingering weight held double because purple is the perfect color for my sister, and I had sooooo much of this Araucania Itata Solid that I wanted to use as much as possible. (Yes, gauge issues meant math was required.)
I finished the body the other day.
Do you see what I see? Yes. I didn’t notice it until I took the photos. Some of the skeins are a deeper purple color than the others. And they’re all in the same dye lot. *sigh* The subtle striping isn’t terrible, but it wasn’t what I wanted. I’m hoping a good soaking wet block will help even the coloring out. Isn’t it awful to actually wish for the dye to run?
I’m working on the sleeves now. Then there’s the hood and the button band to make. The end is in sight. Sissy might even get her sweater before winter’s over.
The Delsea Pullover is knit side to side, and will be grafted together in the center. I finished the left half, and cast on for the right half. Although it’s not pictured, I’m currently working on the increase section of the sleeve.
I think it’s going to turn out well. So much stockinette…I’m actually bored with it and itching to cast on something new. But I promised my mother I would have this done for her birthday. That’s in November. Since rehearsal for my next play starts in two days, my knitting time will soon be severely limited, so I must exercise (gasp!) self-discipline.
A few months back I committed to a mini-knit-along with another Ravelry member. We both decided to knit the #19 Cabled Yoke Cardigan from Vogue Holiday 2016 as part of the Vogue Knitting forum’s “Knit #19 in 2019” challenge.
Mods: Not many. The sleeves are an inch shorter than the pattern called for. I also used beads in the yoke instead of bobbles. I wasn’t happy with how loose the seed stitch cuff turned out on the first sleeve, so when I knit the second sleeve, I went down a needle size when I got to the cuff. That was better, so I re-knit the first cuff. Otherwise, knit as written.
Beads: 32 Toho 6/0 glass seed beads, color Metallic.
Buttons: 7 vintage buttons from stash. Glass/metal/bakelite. Non-matching but similar. Purchased at a Stitches event some years ago.
Hair: Courtesy of brutal Georgia humidity
We’re always our own worst critics, so when I look at it, I see all the flaws. For example, the 38 turned out a trifle big, but it’s not so big that it’s unwearable. It’s too long for me because I didn’t shorten the waist shaping to accommodate my height — well, lack of height, to be precise. And the button band and cuffs are still a little loose and gappy for my taste, despite using a smaller needle. I don’t care, not really. Still, if I ever knit this again, I’ll make it one size smaller, shorten the torso by about two inches, and knit all the seed stitch edgings with a size 2 or 3 needle instead of a 4.
Despite its imperfections, I’m happy with it overall. It’s comfortable, it’s cozy, and it looks pretty good. The color will coordinate with multiple items in my wardrobe for work and casual wear.
The pattern calls for US 2 (for ribbing) and US 3 (for body) needles, but I couldn’t get gauge with the US 3, so I went up to a US 5 for the body and saved the US 3 for the ribbing.
The raglan shaping gave me fits. I had to rip out the shaping on the back three times before finally figuring out the pattern instructions. The pattern reads like there’s an extra decrease on each knit side. Nor does it make clear not to decrease on the purl side as previously established for several of the sizes. Reading through the pattern, this language is repeated for all raglan shaping. To be clear, the raglan shaping is as follows: Dec 1 at each end of each right (knit) side row as established (that is, k6, ssk, k to last 8, k2tog, k6; follow instructions for eyelet row as established); do not dec on back (purl) side.
And it wasn’t just the shaping on the back. The sleeve gave me fits too. After tearing my hair out and then letting sleeve #1 sit overnight, I re-read the shaping instructions for the top bit. I guess the designer condensed the instructions for publication due to Rowan space restrictions. I wrote it out line by line for clarity.
This isn’t the first Rowan pattern I’ve made, but it’s the first pattern that wasn’t an accessory, like a hat or a scarf. The, um, brevity of the instructions gives me some pause about tackling other cardigans and pullovers. I mean, I muddled through, and the sweater turned out fine, but it was a headache for a while. I don’t knit to give myself headaches. Knitting is my soothing activity.
Regardless, the knitting was finished sometime in May, and then the sweater sat in pieces for months. Well, it did get some use as a prop in Evelyn In Purgatory, but mostly it sat. Finally, in early September, I finished the seaming, added the front and neck bands, sewed on the button and called it good. I opted out of the embroidery after realizing how easily this yarn snags. I’ve already worn it a couple of times. It’s suitable for casual weekend wear and for the office. So, I love it, despite the PITA it was to make.
Pattern: Glacier by Joji Locatelli Size: Medium (38″ bust) Yarn: Newton’s Yarn Country Merino Nylon Superwash, in colorway LB Print, 1422 yards Needles: Addi Turbo circs, US size 6 for the body; Hiya Hiya steel circs, US size 2 for the ribbing Mods: Only 6 decreases on the sleeves, because going the full 10 as called for by the pattern would have made the sleeves way too long; ended mitered knitting approximately 1 inch sooner than called for by the pattern Satisfaction with end product: Quite happy indeed. Now if it will just get cold enough in Atlanta to wear it.
I was working from the paper book (Interpretations 5) rather than the e-book, and I was a little flummoxed when the pictures of the tunic showed ribbing at the bottom edge, but no instructions for the ribbing were included in the book. Because of the way the garment is constructed, stitches for said ribbing had to be picked up after the rest of the garment was finished. A post in the Ravelry Interpretations forum quickly resulted in a private message from Interpretations pattern support with the missing instructions. Kudos for the prompt response!
The yarn is some deeeeeep stash that I bought at Stitches South in 2010. It’s actually a wool/nylon sock yarn, and I had something like 1600 yards of it. It was a bulk purchase in an absolutely HUGE skein. Over the years, I’d occasionally pull it out and look at it, then put it back because I just couldn’t imagine what I was going to make with 1600 yards of fingering weight sock yarn. Finally, this tunic pattern came along: a perfect match. So, the moral of the story is don’t despair! Even the oldest yarn in your stash will find its project. Eventually.
Satisfaction with end product: LOVE! It’s colorful and lightweight and so versatile.
I’d been holding onto that Cherry Tree Hill yarn for a while, waiting for just the right inspiration. The Out of My Head pattern was exactly suited to my internal vision for this yarn. Because I wanted to use every single yard, I kept knitting in stockinette with the established increases long after the pattern called for beginning the lace. Once I reached the last color change, then I started the lace edging. The Cherry Tree ran out about halfway through the lace; I was expecting that and pulled out some leftover Heritage Sock to finish up the edging and bind off. I think it worked out just fabulously. The extra knitting made the finished shawl an extremely long crescent shape, one that can be wrapped around me completely and tied in the back for an effortlessly wearable colorful accessory that also keeps my shoulders warm in an overly air-conditioned office.
Yarn:Chelsea Sock by Nooch Fibers, colorway Arizona (caveat: that colorway name is a best guess based on the colorways that were available at the time; when I bought this yarn, the tag did not name the colorway; and, incidentally, it’s no longer available on the website, so we may never know)
Needles:Knitter’s Pride Karbonz, US 1 1/2 DPNs. I bought these DPNs sometime last year, and they languished unused until I started knitting socks again. Now I won’t use anything else.
Satisfaction with end product: They’re gorgeous, they’re soft, and they fit. I’m a little concerned that the cashmere content in the yarn may make them not quite durable enough for regular wear, but I can always use them as house socks. I’m wearing them as I type this blog entry, and love how they feel on my feet.
The pattern itself was easy as pie; the lace pattern at the cuff is charted and easy to follow. After that, it’s just straight stockinette all the way down, so this would make a good first sock pattern for a newbie. The flap for the heel featured a somewhat different slip stitch pattern that I like much better than any other flap I’ve made — it looks kind of like a honeycomb, and that makes me smile. I’ll be adapting future flap-and-gusset sock patterns to use this flap.
This project is part of the Knit Your Library Challenge, although Snapdragon Crafts seems to have gone dark and hasn’t provided a link up recently. Regardless, you can click that badge over there for more details.
Mods: Did not do the lacy attach-as-you-go border between panels. Rather, did single crochet edging around each panel and sewed them together. Three rounds of single crochet in alternating colors around entire blanket for the edging.
Satisfaction with end product: I think it’s lovely. The 100% cotton yarn makes it soft and absorbent, besides making it an easy-care baby item; I’m sure my niece-in-law will appreciate that.
Yarn:Footprints by Blue Ridge Yarn, colorway Secret Garden. Per Webs, this yarn’s total weight for the full put-up is 108 grams. That means it’s 81 grams for the 300 yard skein and 27 grams for the 100 yard skein. When I was finished, I had 18 grams and 8 grams left, respectively.
Total yardage used: 304 yds.
Needles: US size 2 DPNS. Pattern calls for using US size 1 1/2 needles. I need size 2 to achieve gauge.
New techniques? Yes! First toe up socks, first short row heel, first time using different colors for different parts of the sock. I discovered I don’t like toe up socks. The cast on and first couple of rows are really REALLY fiddly and annoying. That was with DPNs. I may try again using two circs. Maybe.
Satisfaction with end product: Pleased! They fit pretty well, and I’ve worn them several times since completing them. In fact, I’m wearing them as I type this blog entry. The yarn is soft and warm and comfy, especially after having been washed a couple of times. The socks come through the washer and dryer just fine; I wash them inside a mesh bag so they’re protected from rubbing against other clothing, and I use the gentle/delicate cold water wash cycle and a low heat dry cycle.
Yarn:Stardust by Magic & Moonshine, colorway “Crocus”. I love this yarn. It’s soft on the hands, comfy on the feet, and has a hint of sparkle when the light catches it just right.
Total yardage used: Roughly 293 yards
Needles: US size 1 1/2 DPNs
New techniques? Short heel sock #2. Progress, not perfection.
Satisfaction with end product: Good enough, even with the following hiccup. According to the pattern blurb in the book (The Knitter’s Book of Socks), this pattern was written specifically for a “highly-variegated colorway”. They must not have meant THIS highly-variegated because the lace pattern is virtually invisible. Still, it’s a nicely written pattern, and fun to make. I may try it again in yarn with less contrast in color values. The completed socks are machine washable (on gentle, in a mesh bag, as explained above) for ease of care.
Yarn:Skinny Bugga! by Cephalopod Yarns, colorway “Dragonfly Tattoo”. This yarn is amazing. It’s too bad Cephalopod Yarns closed up shop and took down its shingle.
Total yardage used: 274 yds.
Needles: US Size 1 DPNs
Mods: Medium size called for casting on 56 stitches at the cuff. That’s too small for me, so I cast on 64, knit the ribbed cuff, and then decreased by 8 stitches in the first row of the lace.
New techniques? Still working on perfecting that short row heel. This technique has entailed a bit of a learning curve but I’m getting better.
Satisfaction with end product: I love how these turned out! Excellent match of yarn and pattern. The lace pattern is gorgeous and highly visible in this colorway. The only issue has to do with the short row heel. I need to remember to knit the foot a teensy bit longer than I do with a flap-and-gusset heel to make sure the heel turn fits on my actual heel instead of getting pulled under.
Somewhere in the middle of all the sock knitting, I made three PussyHats. Two were dropped off at a collection point for the January 21st march that took place in Atlanta and worldwide, and one I kept for myself for future marches. You can visit my Ravelry project page here. Bet you can guess my politics now!
I finished the Cadence Shawlette (Ravelry project page) a couple of weeks before surgery in December.
Pattern:Cadence Shawlette by Emily Straw; 5 full repeats and 1 partial repeat (up to row 21) before the garter stitch edging and the bind off.
Yarn:Brisbane by Queensland Collection, colorway “Coral Trout”. This colorway name tickles me: I can’t see it without thinking of Pete Dexter’s novel, Paris Trout.
Total yardage: 288 yds, plus a little extra (see notes below)
Needles: US 9 circs
Satisfaction with end product: Love it. It’s warm and cozy and colorful, just right to brighten up drab winter days.
Notes: I wanted to use every inch of the Brisbane, so I essentially played yarn chicken and kept knitting until I thought I had just enough for the bind off. As it turned out, I got 3/4 of the way through the bind off before I ran out of yarn. Luckily, I had remnants of another worsted wool (Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted) in a colorway similar to the color section of Brisbane at the bound edge, so I was able to finish the bind off instead of tinking back 200+ stitches.
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Hurray, it’s done! After all this time, it’s done!
Well, to be totally truthful, it was finished at the end of June. But it wasn’t until two weekends ago that spouse and I managed to coordinate our schedules for a photoshoot (my head is cut off in the photos because I hadn’t yet taken a shower that day and my hair was a mess; spouse said “Either we take these pictures now or they don’t get done,” so we took the pictures); and then it wasn’t until this past weekend that I found the time to write this blog entry and schedule it for publication.
Mods: None, except adding a few more rows to make the button band wider and adding one more button.
Satisfaction with end product: I love it. It fits just right; it has the three-quarter sleeves that I love; it can be dressed up or dressed down. Now I’m just waiting for the weather to turn so I can wear it.
You can click on the big pic up there to go to my Ravelry project page. Here are some more pictures for your enjoyment. Click each of the pictures to view it larger.
To knit this, you must be prepared to face endless endless endless stockinette. A lot of Alana Dakos’s designs are like that. Her cardigans tend to be very simple in structure, with one or two special design features (like the tiny pocket and the scalloped detail at the hem and sleeve edges on this one) that stand out against the acres of stockinette. The good thing is this makes her cardigans perfect for television knitting.
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