Thursday, November 21, 2013

FO: Colonnade Jacket

This is the Colonnade Jacket from Interweave Knits Summer 2013. I knitted this as a winter jacket, using Fibranatura Sensational, a washable merino worsted weight yarn, now discontinued. I really like the finished garment because the yarn has a nice firm feel but also drapes nicely. It was a bit annoying to knit with because half the skeins had knots. The bottom edge is just stockinette, but it stays flat after blocking with a steam iron.

I made some sizing and shaping changes to fit my needs, and I decided to make the front patterns symmetrical, making the right symmetrical with the left because the left side does not have holes on the front edge. I also opted for just plain stockinette on the sleeve cuffs, mainly because I couldn't find a stitch pattern repeat that resulted in a suitable cuff size. The dark navy yarn makes it hard to see the pattern so here's a closeup.

One reason I like to make symmetrical fronts for this type of cardigan is that it doesn't matter which stitch pattern row is the last row of the back bands. As long as the left and right bands end on the same row, you can graft them together and it would look like a nice mirror image. In this case, I was lucky enough to have the bands end on last row of the stitch pattern, which makes it especially nice at the seam.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Yarn Installation

A new yarn bombing installation has appeared downtown in celebration of the holidays. I can neither confirm nor deny any involvement in this installation.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fingerless mitts knitted in the flat

I like to knit and wear fingerless mittens but they seem to take way longer to knit than they should. The main reason is that I have to knit a small item in the round, which I hate doing and it's always slow going fussing with the needles no matter which method I use. For this latest pair, I decided after knitting one mitten to just do the other mitten as a flat knit. This took a lot less time. I added extra selvedge stitches and the mitten is seamed on the outside edge. Here it is before seaming.

And, here is the finished pair. I'm probably going to knit all of them that way from now on.