Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Monday, June 13, 2022
Thursday, March 31, 2022
As for modifications, I decided to just do a ribbed neckline instead of making the large collar. I also raised the cable pattern a bit higher on the upper section. To making the knitting go faster, I just used reverse stockinette on the bottom section instead of the moss stitch. After all, if I wasn't sure I would love the final result, I didn't want to spend a lot of time making it. :)
Monday, January 31, 2022
This is my first finished sweater of 2022! It is from the Ko-michi pattern by DanDoh designs. I made a few modifications to get the fit I wanted. I wanted a narrower sweater so I cast on fewer stitches and also narrowed the single-strand purple sections. I had to increase the height of the purple parts and also the number of vertical repeats in order to get the length I wanted. I added neckline shaping to achieve a more rounded neckline and shoulder shaping to prevent the top armhole parts from sticking up too much. Finally, I finished the neckline and armholes with a few purl stitch rows. I love the artsy look of this sweater!
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Saturday, March 13, 2021
I recently finished knitting what I call my "five rectangles cardigan". It's my own design and it's basically composed of five almost-rectangular pieces - one back, two fronts, and two sleeves. I say "almost-rectangles" because the back and front pieces have shoulder shaping. The sleeves were picked up from the front and back pieces, so the only finishing work was sewing up the side and sleeve seams. I fussed a bit with various ways of slipping the border stitches on the fronts so that I would not need to add any sort of finishing band. The textured pattern is a broken rib and has a different look on each side, which gives the lapels a different texture from the front. I was aiming for an easy fitting cardigan so this fits me with a bit of ease and I didn't want any waist shaping.
I didn't want a button closure on this sweater because I figured it was a good vehicle for my 3D printed shawl pin. In the name of shameless advertising, you can find my shawlpin in my Etsy Shop. :)
The yarn for this cardi is Shepherd's Wool Worsted by Stonehedge Fiber Mill, which I love. I had purchased this yarn several years ago and as I was winding it and sometimes knitting it, I noticed that it would just break in random places. Sometimes, one or two of the plies would break leaving me a thin strand. I called the company and asked about it and they said it sounded like moths had gotten to the yarn. I store my yarn just in some wooden drawers and I didn't see any moth evidence, but they said I might not see anything. I asked my knitting friends and a few said that it has also happened to them. I don't have much of a yarn stash anyway, but from now on, I'm not waiting several years before knitting my wool yarns!