Yippee!! The Heather Slope Rib Sweater is finished!! Astonishingly, given my history with this wool, I really like the finished product. I think that is a strong indication of just how good this pattern is. I’ve found over the years that it is very hard to come up with a version which falls short of perfection.
It’s plain to see that I decided not to add the buttons; I just didn’t think it needed them. Also, this way I can wear one of my pretty brooches at the throat, which brings us nicely to the neckline. The little picot edging isn’t the tidiest, but I’ve been very fond of it in previous versions and so I wanted to keep it, whilst making sure I didn’t restrict the opening. As a cardigan it’s okay to have quite a tight neck, but a jumper needs to go over my head.
I ended up with a few scraps of the wool which will be added to my leftovers box. I hand-washed the jumper after finishing it, drawing the conclusion that the wool retains a fairly rustic quality. I don’t mind a prickle or two, but very sensitive souls would probably want to wear a layer underneath this. The thing I particularly like about wools of this type (I’d say this is reasonably similar to Shetland wools) is that they are sturdy and long-wearing. I won’t be surprised if I’m still regularly wearing this jumper many years from now.
Just to recap the details: PATTERN Slope Rib Cardigan "Angle Poise" from Nancy Vale's "Knitwear No. 2" brochure YARN Woolyknit Purple Heather Mix British Wool Cone (1 x 500g + 1 x 125g) NEEDLES 1 pair straight 3.25mm needles, 1 pair straight 4mm needles, 1 pair straight 3.75mm needles for the neck edging.
Since finishing this over the Easter weekend, I’ve worked sporadically on my socks, but I must admit I’ve felt a touch of post-completion lethargy. It is ever thus with projects, I find. Whilst I’d like to think that I’m going to finish the socks before I think about any other garments, I’m already pondering something a little more meaty. The question is: pink or blue, blue or pink? Either way, it’s going to be a 4-ply weight which will take plenty of time to knit.
Another weekend looms, with the promise next week of a few normal activities being resumed in England. The pub beside my flat suddenly sports a splendid marquee in its car park. It’s going to be interesting to get used to people using the pub again after almost a year of quiet. Personally, I’m looking forward to Jarrolds’ department store and Ryman’s office equipment opening – paper beats beer any day of the week.