Saturday, January 14, 2012
Green, green, green
Here's another green jumper! This one is bigger than the last, and took me a little bit longer to knit. The pattern is Tempest, and it was an absolute joy to knit. I made some modifications, mainly because the pattern is written in pieces, with a great deal of finishing work and seaming. I knit the body in one piece. I used Judy's magic cast on to knit theh ems into the original piece, so I didn't have to pick up the stitches after. Now, I know that everyone else has been using and loving this cast on for ages, but this is the first time that I really got it, perhaps because I watched the inimitable Cat Bordhi's YouTube tutorial. - once I got the hang of it - it was a revelation. Quick, easy and looks flawless.
As you can see I extended the sleeves. My taste is running to full length sleeves at the moment, and I knit them in the round.
Wollmeise turned out to be absolutely wonderful for making light cardigans, and I might try to get some more. It took well under two skeins to make this jumper, with enough left over for a couple of pair of Perfect Striped Socks. While I was knitting it was quite nice, but once I'd blocked it is has come up to smooth, and drapey and even. And, even though I've blocked it twice it still has that amazing, unique smell. Perfect yarn, perfect pattern, this was unmitigated knitting joy.