As promised in my last post, today it’s all about crushes and unrequited loves. I refer of course to knitting. All knitters will understand the rush of a new knitting crush and the frustration of a knit that doesn’t quite work, a knitting unrequited love.
Firstly, here is my latest finished object. One for me. My knitted cuddle.
This has turned out to be a quick and lovely knit. It’s essentially the yoke of a top down seamless cardigan. You knit until you stop the increases, which is usually where you would place the sleeve stitches on hold. You cast off the body and knit the sleeves. The pattern calls for knitting the sleeves flat, but you could absolutely knit them in the round (which upon reflection I should have done – I’m a terrible seamer.) And to finish it all off, you pick up the ribbed band around the whole thing and rib until you don’t feel like ribbing anymore.
The lovely and uber-talented Bellsknits warned me, thankfully, that this yarn, Bendigo Woollen Mills “Luxury” grows a LOT on washing. I was so concerned when I laid this garment out to dry that it had become ridiculously huge. But now that it’s dry, it’s got a lovely feel to the fabric and the only thing that has disappointed me is that the sleeves are not as fitting as they were.
But I’m quite pleased with this in the end. It’s warm and fluffy and squishy and will be perfect for the coming cool crisp autumn days that Canberra does so well.
Now. Erik. Erik was intended to be a birthday gift for my husband, and would have been my first proper full sized adult garment. (A shrug can hardly be referred to as full sized!) You can find Erik’s recipe here. I’m knitting it in Bendigo Woollen Mills (again! So cheap!) “Rustic” 12ply. Here’s a photo of the hood & half the yoke.
Let me count the ways I have screwed this up:
- I didn’t swatch. (Shhhh… I know.)
- The result of not swatching is that my gauge is two WHOLE stitches too small over four inches.
- Upon re-reading the pattern, it turns out I should be using 10ply.
- Even if I go back an do increases on the yoke up to the biggest size in the pattern it will still be too small even though my husband is a slim fit.
I am so upset about this. I ripped back to the yoke with the intention of doing more increases, but see point four. I sat for about an hour with a measuring tape and a calculator trying desperately to figure out what will work, checking the pattern requirements, suggested gauge and ease. Ugh.
The result, Erik is going back into the stash until I’m less cranky with him.
But, there is a cloud to every silver lining. And with Erik heading back to the stash for a turn, there are New Possibilities. The aforementioned Bellsknits & I have both ordered Coastal Knits, because we are both quite taken with Hannah Fettig’s Rocky Coast Cardigan. I wouldn’t want to speak for Bells, but I am obsessed with this pattern. The books arrived late last week and I’m going to visit Bells, Sean and their chooks soon to pick mine up and borrow her swift to wind some yarn. Can’t wait!
It’s my birthday shortly, and I have bought myself some birthday presents. You may remember my fear of 4ply. Well. I have decided to face the fear and do it anyway, or some such other awful self-help cliche. I’ve bought Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark’s beautiful pattern, Campbell & 2nd, and have purchased yarn. In the end, I decided to go with Quince & Co’s Finch. I had a brainwave late last night and remembered that a bunch of people on Rav were in love with this yarn so I though I’d give it a go.
So, my knitting plans for the next little while are to spend some time with my current knitting crushes. I’ll cast on the Campbell & 2nd, buy yarn (so glad my husband doesn’t read my blog!) for the Rocky Coast cardigan and have that ready to go for the Tour de France KAL.
I might swatch too…