Not much exciting stuff going on here.
I’m knitting happily along on Rose.
I am getting close to the point where I can start the front neck steek. (Do alert the media, will you?) I’ll be happy to do so — it.s like coming down the home stretch on the body of this beast . . . er . . . fun project.
No really. It is a fun project. The pattern may look complicated but it’s pretty easy to memorize. Each pattern repeat is 24 stitches and 24 rows. It’s the same thing over and over, but it’s fun.
The sleeves will be fun as well — much smaller universe to deal with so they’ll grow much faster.
But of course I’m thinking about what is next.
What is next?
Well, yeah, of course I named the sweater Teal Hogget. We have already determined that I like saying hogget and you know what? I like writing it too. Hogget, hogget, hogget.
As I mentioned the other day, aided by my Sweater Wizard software, I worked up a design for a little shaped waist pullover with three-quarter length sleeves. I really like Sweater Wizard — it’s a good starting point for designing, I think. I plug in the parameters and it spits out a pattern. Then I make alterations to the pattern and start knitting. Often, more alterations occur during the knitting.
But Teal Hogget is a simple little sweater, so I figure little alteration will be needed. After the initial noodling I did, that is. And just for grins, I decided to write the pattern for 3 sizes: 40, 43, and 46″. Here’s the schematic:
And I’m thinking I might start knitting it on the sly while I’m still working on Rose. Why? I want to start taking it as a commuter project. I plan to start teaching my new knitter at lunchtime tomorrow (assuming our schedules allow) and I’d like to have something in plain stockinette to knit while instructing. Don’t want to freak the poor guy out with colorwork.
If any of you all are interested in knitting it as well, I’ll post the pattern as a freebie.
It takes heavy worsted weight yarn — to give you a gauge of 4 stitches and 6 rows to the inch, on a 4.5mm (U.S. 7) needle — or the size one needs to get gauge. I’m guesstimating, based on what Sweater Wizard advised, 950 yards for the middle size.
So there you have it.
Lucy looks around furtively.
And leaps for the couch!