Finished object – maroon sweater

I have finished my sweater! Although this is a distinctly autumn knit, I am counting it as the summer garment as far as my intentions for the year go (I was aiming to get one garment and three pairs of socks knitted in each of the four “seasons” this year and I’m running way behind).

Date started: 19th September 2018
Date completed: 14th October 2018
Pattern: Square-neck Ribbed Sweater from One Thousand Sweaters by Amanda Griffiths  (out of print) with modified Fitted Sleeve and modified Square V-neck Rib neck border
Yarn: Willow and Lark Ramble Superwash Wool DK in colour 110 Ox Blood (out of stock as I write this)
Size: Medium (to suit 36″bust)

This book is modular so you can mix and match different bodies, sleeves, necklines etc to suit yourself. I’ve knitted a few DK-weight sweaters using it and I rather like it.

When I last wrote about this garment, I wasn’t too sure about it at all. I am pleased to report that I loved knitting it, forgave the yarn its quirks as I did manage to get a number of balls that didn’t have any obvious flaws, and I galloped through the sleeves like a maniac who lives on the opposite side of the globe to the famous Sleeve Island where knitters often find themselves becalmed. I knitted this at the shorter of the two lengths offered for the body because I am both entirely short (5’2″) and short-waisted. The ribbing design on the body made the knitting interesting and works well in the worn garment.

I decided to make two modifications to the pattern. Firstly, I worked the centre 10 stitches all the way up the sleeves in the 2 x 2 rib pattern featured on the body. I think this worked exceptionally well. I also modified the neckband to feature a rolled edge.

The neckband is knitted as a separate piece, and I have to admit to making a silly mistake when attaching it on Sunday. Fitted correctly, the two ends of the strip of knitting are attached to the front of the neckline then the band is attached up the fronts and round the back of the neck. For some silly reason, I attached it with the middle of the band at the front and then joined the two ends at the back of the neck, giving a more scoop-neck finish to the garment. I realised my mistake as I had completely finished attaching it and was walking into my bedroom to try it on. It didn’t look bad. I spent a good few minutes trying to convince myself that “good enough is done”, then sat down and took the neckband off and re-worked it correctly. For some of us, good enough is never done.

And that’s it – a speedy, enjoyable knit and a garment I’m keen to wear as the weather cools. Currently on my needles is yet another version of my all-time favourite cardigan pattern – Rimini by the lovely, lovely Martin Storey.  This is taking advantage of a sweater quantity of 4-ply Sirdar Country Style yarn (45% acrylic/40% Bri-Nylon/15% wool) kindly donated to me by my good friend Alex W. She wasn’t going to use it on account of it being a vile colour, which it sort-of is, but it’s a colour that is everywhere this autumn and it is growing on me. We’ll have to see if I can actually carry off an entire garment in this shade!

Happy knitting, folks!

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting a vague Star Trek vibe from these photos? Something to do with that neckline and the red and gold-chartreuse-mustard colourways.


6 thoughts on “Finished object – maroon sweater

  1. Lovely jumper, and yes I get the Star Trek thing too!

    I was heartened by the ‘I decided to make 2 modifications’ sentence, nice to see the family trait of never finding or doing anything that is immediately suited to us and doesn’t need a good deal of tweaking alive and well.

    1. I should definitely take my phaser with me when I do the “modelled” shots for this. There’s some kind of quarry at Longwater that would just be the perfect location!

    1. Thank you, Melissa. Although shades of blue will always be my favourites; although navy and grey is my happy clothing place; put me near any shade of red and my wayward heart will leap and my inner acquisitor will whisper “Go on, you know you want to!”

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