Friday, July 27, 2007
This is SO my new favorite sweater. My work is freezing so I wanted to knit something to wear over my t-shirts to keep me warm. This is Wicked from Zephyr Style. I used 6.5 skeins of Artyarns Supermerino in color 230, on size US 7 needles. I knit the 32-25" bust because I wanted negative ease for this sweater. I knit 5/8 sleeves instead of long or short sleeves, and I modified the pattern into a cardigan, after Flintknits's. I knit it a bit longer because I knew it would shorten up a bit when I had it buttoned closed. I also did mock cables at the cuffs.
I decided to do a 4-stitch seed stitch band on each side (i hate adding button bands later) and I added 2 stitches on each side since the cable panels down the front take up a bit of space. So that's the original amount of cast-on stitches plus 10sts. I knit the 32-35" bust size and so I would have cast on 120sts, but I actually cast on 104 (I wanted a not-so-wide neckline) and increased to the appropriate number of stitches for the size I was doing. I then knit the mock cable neckline as directed but I just didn't join it and I made sure to do the first and last 4 stitches in seed stitch for the button band. When it came time to put the markers, I made sure that the back and sleeves had the appropriate amount (42 and 20 stitches each, respectively) and then the fronts had a few more stitches (due to the button band and the extra couple of stitches). I kept 3 mock cable rows running down each side of the front at the point where the original pattern says to switch to stockinette. WHEW!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
This was an extrememly fast knit. The pattern is only avaliable in a size 32" bust, so I chose yarn and needles that yield a slightly larger gauge and it came out well. Happy!
Yarn used: 8.5 balls (740yds) of Rowan RYC Soft Tweed in color 005 Twig, which I purchased here for very cheap. I used size 11 needles and knit everything in the round instead of flat and used a seed-stitch hem instead of the weird-ass method she calls for (coz i lazy).
Here is a picture of it, blocked, pre-sleeves, which I have been told looks good (better?) than the sleeved version.