Rocky the Flying Squirrel.
The sweater parade continues! I wasn't joking when I said I planned to bombard you with woollies. Like I mentioned previously, balancing between knitting posts and sewing posts is something I haven't been able to get a handle on. I'd really like to have my knitting slate clear before June, so bear with me. Two more after today and I'm down to socks... and a shawl... But, I'll get some sewing in there soon. :-D
This sweater was knit from the Arvingen pattern by Pia Herno. It's a poncho-like sweater with an abundance of positive ease. Mine is knit using Rowan Polar (60% wool, 30% alpaca, 10% acrylic), and it's delightfully squishy and soft.
Yesterday, the weather turned cool, and I was able to wear my Arvingen as part of my Me Made May line-up. This is the type of garment that is incredibly easy to wear... even if it does make one look somewhat like a flying squirrel. (HA.)
Similar to my last project, this was a quick and uncomplicated knit. The shape of the sweater is created through a series of increases alongside the center seams. The sleeves are a spin on a classic raglan. This is sweater knitting 101, in a very "not your granny's knitting" kind of way.
This is a "one size fits most" pattern. I'm wearing it here with approximately 18 inches of ease through the hip, for reference. I think that it would be easy to modify, but I didn't attempt to do so on this project.
That's all folks! Tune in next week when Bullwinkle and I teach Boris and Natasha to knit. :-D
I'm truly racing against the weather as I attempt to unload my knitting UFO pile. There's still room for cuddly sweaters, however. It's going to reach the 80's by the end of the week, but yesterday was damp and cool and the perfect opportunity to wear and photograph my Winter Weeds cardigan.
I don't have a lot to say about this one. It was quick and easy. There's nothing complicated or unusual about it, unless you count the back where there's a bit of contrast stitching and bobbling used to create a lovely little wildflower/weeds design.
The lapels are knit directly onto the body of the cardigan. There's a slip stitched edge on both sides, but it doesn't prevent the fronts from curling. Even after blocking, they want to roll. If I had any yarn left, I'd be tempted to apply some sort of border to keep them turned out.
But I don't, have any yarn leftover, that is. I very nearly wasn't able to complete the collar. I was short a few rows on both sides and had to stretch it a little bit to attach it. In fact, I had so little yarn remaining, I needed to use a contrast yarn to seam the collar. Talk about cutting it close!
The yarn is my favorite part of this sweater. It's Rowan RYC Cashsoft, and it was a delight to knit with and incredibly squishy and soft to wear. However, it's not very forgiving. There is an irregularity showing on the back right shoulder- either from tension or some inconsistency in the yarn. I'm hoping that, in time, with enough washes, it will relax into the background.
I don't mean to seem so underwhelmed by this project. It's a solid sweater that I'm sure I'll get a lot of wear from. I was glad to have it yesterday. It's got an easy sort of style to it, and I like the back. But, it is a bit of a bore to knit. Fortunately, I finished this in under a week; otherwise, it wouldn't have held my attention.
P.S. I'm pledged participation in Me-Made-May '15. I've been keeping track of my daily me-made outfits on Instagram. Are you wearing your me-made clothing this month?