My current work in progress:

1. Boxy, designed by Joji Locatelli, knit from Handmaiden Mini Maiden in the "Polar Sea" colorway on U.S. size 4 needles.
2. Lavena, designed by Christiane Burkhard, knit from Kauni Wool 8/2 in the ""EK" and "CC" colorways on U.S. size 3 and 4 needles.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Hourglass Sweater

The Hourglass Sweater is done. Here it is, straight off the needles:

hourglass092505 Hourglass Sweater

I also tried it on for the official bathroom mirror shot:

hourglass092505a Hourglass Sweater

The color in the first shot is much more accurate.

I don’t think any blocking is needed — I’ll just give it a once-over with a steam iron.

I love this sweater. I imagine I’ll wear this a lot when the weather gets cooler.

I made this with some mods. First of all, I didn’t do the facings on the lower edge, sleeves, and neckline. I did a seed stitch border instead. Because my row gauge was a bit off, I adjusted the rate of decreasing and increasing to achieve the proper shaping on the body and sleeves.

When I was working on the yoke, I thought the finished neckline was going to be way too wide. Turns out, I would have been correct. With 8 rounds left to go on the yoke, I doubled the rate of decreases (decreasing on every round instead of every other round) to get a narrower neckline, and I’m glad I did. I have somewhat narrow shoulders, and I didn’t want the sweater hanging off my shoulders, as it undoubtedly would have had I knit it as directed.

I also knitted the sleeves a full 2 inches shorter than directed. Also glad I did that — they would have been way too long. As knitted, they just cover my wrists and are exactly the length I like.

So color me happy!

This sweater took a bit over 8.5 skeins of Alchemy Synchronicity. No doubt it would have taken much closer to the 10 skeins the pattern indicated had I done the facings and made the sleeves as directed.

I started another sweater today. Big surprise, eh?

But I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

Lucy Sez:

lucy092505 Hourglass Sweater

“I want more greenies, Mommy!”


  1. Lovely sweater! I think skipping the facings was a smart move. They would have added a lot of bulk in areas where it really isn’t needed.

  2. great sweater. i cast on a bit ago, but still have a long way to go. you just fly. i look away for a minute and go to catch up on blog reading and you have cast on and cast off. i better get clicking. i love the shape of that sweater.

  3. Neet! I was just looking at that sweater pattern today, and I was wondering the same thing about the neckline. Sorry, but I am just not a boatneck person!

  4. The varigation really turned out cool in this. A beauty as usual. :)

  5. Hourglass made in 2 posts… whaou, I am impressed. I know you are a “turbo knitter” (as we say here), but I am bluffed. Really. Well, the sweater is very lovely in theses colors.

  6. Wendy,
    I love that sweater. It reminds me of tie dying.


  7. I love how the colour zigzags on that sweater! Very pretty!

  8. That turned out fab !
    A very gratifying project,for a quick interlude. ;-]

  9. Cute sweater! Just like a kid who is fascinated by variegated yarn (as it used to be called), I am intrigued by how it pools and creates patterns otherwise unobtainable. Thumbs up!

  10. Wow, Hourglass was with us so quickly, we hardly got a chance to get to know it! It certainly turned out beautifully. Greenies were an instant sensation here, too – I think my wee beasties owe Lucy a thank you note!

  11. Hi! This is my first post on your blog. I am truly inspired at the rate at which you knit…someday I aspire to do such things! The Hourglass looks great — I have only finished the lower body on mine. I appreciate the comments about the neckline, as I think I’d like to make that modification myself. And, I just ordered some free Greenies for my mom’s cat, Maggie — she didn’t know they now have them for cats — her dog Sammy is already enjoying them.

  12. Lovely Wendy! Looks like a staple in your cool weather wardrobe, nice to know you’ll get a lot of use out of it.

    I ordered the free greenies sampler…I curious to see what Pumpkin thinks, he’s sooooo picky! Thanks for the hearty endorsement Lucy!

  13. It’s lovely those and that shade of blue really suits you. The pooling sure looks nice… kind of psychedelic .. were you sunconsciously thinking of the summer of lace ? ;-)

    Well done, to finish a sweater in the time that it takes some of us (well, me) to untangle a ball of yarn. Please note, cursing at the tangled does not actually make the yarn behave.

  14. It’s lovely those and that shade of blue really suits you. The pooling sure looks nice… kind of psychedelic .. were you sunconsciously thinking of the summer of lace ? ;-)

    Well done, to finish a sweater in the time that it takes some of us (well, me) to untangle a ball of yarn. Please note, cursing at the tangled does not actually make the yarn behave.

  15. I think the pooling looks really great too, almost like an animal print. Where do you keep all these wonderful jumpers, your place must be enormous!

  16. awesome sweater. Where do you people find all this time to knit. Just started knitting toe up socks. Was wondering can you use a tubular cast off instead of just a regular one? I think it might work .LMK if you have ever done it. Thanks ANN

  17. Hi Wendy! About fudging the increases and decreases because your row gauge is off. I’m about to face this problem. My pattern calls for 30 rows to 10cm and I’m getting 32 rows. What kind of scary math do you have to do to make the adjustment? (And I realize I haven’t given enough info on my pattern, but I figure there must be a general rule of thumb. For instance on the sleeves it’s increase 2 sts on the 13th row and the 4 following 16th rows.) Thanks!

  18. Wendy, you’ve inspired me to not find a new project for my Cash Iroha. Your Hourglass looks lovely and thanks for sharing the modifications. I’m going to use them myself.

  19. What a great looking sweater! The pooling is very interesting. Hope you are feeling better!

  20. Here’s what happens when I don’t read Wendy’s blog for a few days…She finishes a WHOLE FRIGGIN’ BEAUTIFUL SWEATER! Wow, I love it and I love how the colors change throughout the body and the top. Very very nice. Now, do you remember your tennis sweater, that you completed in one week six months ago? Yep…that’s what I’ve still got on the needles. But you are inspiring me…

  21. I love how the colors pooled on that! You never cease to amaze me Wendy! Love all of your stuff!

  22. Gorgeous colors! I like the modifications, too.

  23. Very nice. I’m glad you’re happy with it. Give that poor cat some greenies for goodness sake!

  24. oh wow… those colors are great and they pooled at the perfect place for making it more hourglass-y. How pretty!

  25. Your cat actually eats greenies? I thought they were so cute when I picked them up at petsmart. Red wont’ touch them. He won’t even give them more than a quick sniff. Not something he wants any part of!