Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Oh look! Another white sweater. Hee hee. I think I see some color in my future, but for now I offer up one more white. This is a beauty, Lily by Marnie MacLean knit in RYC Cashcotton DK. I started it way back in January, planned to have it be my Easter sweater, but I got bogged down with all the changes I had to make to this lovely pattern because of the yarn being a different gauge. My stitch count, decreases and increases, just about everything was different and I had to wing it. I took no notes so could never recreate it thank goodness. If I were to make it again, I would make sure my gauge was spot-on and just follow the pattern as it was written. The lace pattern I did follow.
I took it out of hibernation a few nights ago and added a few more pattern repeats to the yoke, all the while trying to speed up the decreases. Then lastly, k2tog (twice), p2 and that drew the yoke in to get a k2p2 rib started for the neckline. The cashcotton is nice and soft to knit with. Mostly cotton with a little cashmere and a little bit of bunny too. I hope it holds up well. Raveled.
This will be going to Australia with me in November. Perfect for their spring. See you next time with some color!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
While simultaneously working on 5 projects, I just happen to finish one! Seneca, by Brooklyn Tweed, is LOVELY! The directions for the pattern itself is graceful and flowing; just plain ole' reading necessary here, no arduous deciphering of cryptic directions necessary. The single pattern was downloaded from Ravelry, a very nice option if you don't want to purchase the whole book, and I didn't. Jared was nice to his fans to allow this option. Thank you!
This was knit in the round (yippee!) from bottom up, then sleeves and body were joined at the yoke and knit in the round with cables and decreases until the end. I eliminated the last row of yoke cables to make a more fitted sweater which suits me. The hem and neckline trim are 2 rows of purls and 2 rows of knit, then the 2 rows of purls again. The hem lays flat and is a technique I will use again.
I love the sideways cables which is worked over a 10 stitch repeat. The central double increase was a new one on me. It makes 5 stitches out of one stitch and is necessary to create the cable to go up and off to the right and left. The last row you decrease back to one stitch. A good tutorial for that is found here. The pattern directions are written well enough to get you through it, but it was nice to see the pictures anyway.
Make this one. You'll be glad you did.
The details: Size xs using 8 skeins of Lana Grossa Cool Wool Big in color # 601, white. Raveled.