Hey, thanks for all the nice comments about Cromarty!
There were a couple of questions about how Cromarty looks being worn by a “real” person. Well here you go.
The color’s a little off – it’s a richer teal. (The person is a little off too, but we won’t go there.)
Warning: Opinion ahead.
Nope, it’s not haute couture, but I don’t like haute couture knitwear. I like a sweater to look like a sweater. It seems lately that there is a movement to design knitwear that’s more fitted, with design elements you would find in tailored clothing. That may appeal to a lot of people but it is not for me.
I love traditional knits. While I see nothing wrong in updating traditional knitting for modern wear, some of the stuff I’ve seen recently takes the idea a bit too far. A heavy cabled sweater or a stranded fair isle is a warm sweater, and I don’t think they lend themselves to being extremely fitted. I like my warm sweaters to be relatively loose-fitting, otherwise they are too warm for me.
End of opinion.
There were a couple of questions about how I fitted the neckband. Without the neckband, the cast-off edges of the square neck on Cromarty really spread out. So much so that it was falling off my shoulders when I tried it on.
I measured the width of the cast-off edge of the neck, and knitted the band to be an inch and a half shorter, then pinned it in the neck and mattress-stitched it in place, easing in the fullness. Worked like a charm. And it made the neckline much more reasonable. While a wide neck might look attractive, it’s not practical for the type of sweater Cromarty is — a winter sweater knit from wool.
While knitting it, it occurred to me that Cromarty would look great knit from Rowan Calmer. And in that case, a wider neck would be more appropriate.
I finished my Inside Out socks. Here’s the out-side out:
And the in-side out:
The toe, foot, and heel were knit with a size 0 needle, and the leg was knit with a size 2. Because the leg is cabled, you need to work it loosely so it wn’t be too tight. These came out perfect for me.
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