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I know I am a bit late, but I was out of town yesterday.
The sample was knit my Jenny of Spinning Jenny. If you would like to see how the sample fits with different amounts of ease you can check out her wearing it here. This was the first pattern that I worked with a sample knitter on directly, and it went so well. It’s funny when you start doing your hobby professionally – I never thought I would outsource my knitting, but there you go.
Here is a new and improved, tech-edited version of my Slouch Hat pattern.
There seems to have been a bit of confusion caused by the previous version, so hopefully this one will make sense to everyone.
There were no actual errata, but some of the short rows were altered slightly to make the knitting easier.
Sometimes I want to try things — wonderful and clever things. I work them out in my head and work out how to make them happen in yarn. I mess with things and play with them, until it seems like it will all go according to plan — and often it does, but sometimes, just sometimes, it does not.
Here is a sweater I designed all by myself, my first entrelac project:
It is so cute and I am so pleased with it most of the time,
And from most angles.
And then from some angles it just isn’t right at all:
I suppose that if I had thought about it, I should have anticipated that angular garments stay angular on, but I didn’t think about that. I thought about how brilliant I was to come up with a brand new way to make shoulder shaping that no one had ever thought of before, and that the ease would somehow take up the difference.
Ah Hubris, I should have know better — the reason no one else has done this before is that it is just not that good an idea.
I do in fact find that it relaxes after you wear it a while, but I think there is no way to save it from being too “conceptual” for publication. If anyone likes conceptual clothing and the idea of making a sweater in entrelac where the pattern is never broken, I have made the untech-edited pattern available, please download the pattern from Ravelry here.
If you find any errata, please let me know and I will update it. If you download the pattern while being signed in to Ravelry, you will get any pattern updates.
Download pattern here: Wisp PDF pattern
Approximately 5 inches [13cm] wide / 84 inches [213cm] long
[MC] 1 skein of bulky novelty yarn (shown: Milkyrobot Girls Throw Snow, super-bulky handspun, 40 yards[36m])
[CC] 1 skein coordinating fingering yarn (shown: Sandes Garn Sisu, 173 yards[158m] per 50g, colour 1042)
1 US #17/12.75mm circular needle
Not really important and difficult to measure.
Within the next few days I will be posting the free pattern for the scarf I made with the Girls Throw Snow Handspun Yarn I bought from Milkyrobot a few months ago.
Here is a sneak peak:
Download pattern here: Minimalist funnel neck
This sweater solves my knitting Catch-22: I don’t buy sweaters because this depletes perfectly legitimate yarn resources, and I don’t knit anything ordinary, because why would I want to spend that much time on something that is not fabulous? This means that I never have a plain black cardigan or pullover. This funnel neck pullover solves this paradox, by being a wardrobe basic, while incorporating great yarn and sufficient knitting interest to keep mine.
This sweater is close fitting and an exercise in three dimensional knitting. The whole sweater is knit in one piece from the neck down. I confess one of my parameters was that I wanted a project I could work on without looking, and after the yoke shaping this can be done. The final product is something I would make in more colours and with differing length sleeves and textures, but I am already onto my next eccentric project.
Finished bust 32 [36, 40, 44]inches (80 [90, 100, 110]cm), shown in size 36 inches (90cm)
4 (4, 5, 6) skeins Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran (100% wool; 175 yd [160m] per 100g), colour#415 Maze
set of US 9 (5.5mm) double-point needles
16″ (40cm) US 9 (5.5mm) circular needle
29″ (74cm) US 9 (5.5 mm) circular needle
Two kinds of stitch markers
15 sts and 20 rows = 4″ (10cm) in k1, p1 rib, slightly stretched
I have finally finished Lyra’s red sweater coat from the Golden Compass!
Here are some preliminary pictures:
The sleeves grew quite a bit in the wash, so keep that in mind. They started as a bit short, but now they are to my knuckles, but what can you do?
It’s very fun, and I am looking forward to wearing it.
I will post some better and more posed pictures in a few days, maybe I’ll even get it together to put on makeup.