June 19, 2010

Marigold sweater

Posted in wips tagged at 3:41 am by sayfin

I saw this little sweetheart and finally, I thought, here is the pattern for my Jo Sharp in Brocade. Beautiful. I plan on wearing this to the wedding of my dear friend A in the US in September, with a black retro dress.

I modifed the pattern to work it in the round, and added a selvage stitch at each end to make it easier to pick up for the button band later on. I worked 13 inches total for the body, cutting 1 inch off the ribbing length to account for my short back. I also worked the ribbing on 3.5mm needles, while the body is worked on 4mm needles. I thought that this would help to create a nice nipped in silhouette.

I’m now about to divide for the armholes, and I think it should be pretty easy to work this without even putting stitches on hold, as the cable I’m using is much longer than it needs to be. I ended on a Round 4.

Stitch counts

47 (right side +1) – 94 (back) – 47 (left side +1)

Next row (round 1): knit to 5 stitches before marker, BO next 10 sts (removing marker), work across to 5 stitches before 2nd marker, BO next 10 sts, work to end.

This will leave me with the Left side to continue working as per the pattern, remembering the selvage stitch. I plan to finish the left side, finish the back, and then finish the front, leaving all stitches live until all pieces are worked. I will then use a 3 needle bind off to create the shoulder seams.

Hopefully it all works!

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June 3, 2010

Jeeves socks

Posted in wips tagged at 2:46 am by sayfin

So I thought I would make some of these socks for my man, whose feet are beginning to feel the winter in our house. I’ve some lovely tweedy Bendigo Woollen Mills in a squooshy 8 ply, so I cast on last night and am about to do the heel flap.

I found the pattern instructions as written very confusing to follow. I’m much more visually oriented, so I converted the pattern into a chart.

The legend is cut off, but the dots are purl and the plain is knit. The pattern itself actually repeats over 8 stitches and 16 rows.

Watching the Jeeves and Wooster series, with a cup of tea, while making some Jeeves socks, before retiring to bed with Wodehouse’s Life at Blandings… ah, winter doesn’t get much better than this.