Thursday, January 1, 2009
First FO of 2009
Happy New Year, everyone! Here's my first finished object of 2009. It has survived about 1/2 day's wear with no problems. The pattern is the Lettuce Coat from Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard. The yarn is Filtes King Extra Stampato. My version is more a long sweater than a coat -- it's about 25" from shoulder to hem. I also did not do the I-cord on the cuffs with buttons -- I just seamed the cuffs. Buttons on the sleeve bottoms tend to get caught in stuff. My biggest customization was using a wide double-knit button band to solve my gaposis issue with front buttons. My last post talks more about the button band.
This yarn is really nice and soft when worn. It does split quite a bit, which made the brioche rib slow going. Also, because of the loose gauge, if a stitch or two accidentally slipped off the needle, things would quickly unravel and it was hard for me to fix the brioche stitch mishaps with a crochet hook. This resulted in more ripping back than I would have liked. Other than that, the sweater was pretty straightforward knitting. Regarding the sleeves, I picked the stitches up from the armholes as instructed in the pattern, but I knit them flat and seamed them. I really dislike small-diameter circular knitting and simple seams are easy for me.