I finished my Zig-Zag Gansey. Here it is, being modeled by the ever-lovely Gwendolyn.
I knit this with Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in the “Blossom” colorway using a U.S. size 6 needle to get 4.25 stitches to the inch. (I’m a loose knitter.)
It was knit in pieces, then joined at the shoulders using a three-needle bind-off. I picked up and knit a neckband after that.
The sleeves are three-quarter length and knit from the bottom up, then attached to the body (drop-shoulder construction) using a three-needle bind-off.
Then the only seaming left to be done was the side and sleeve seams.
The Cotton-Ease was quite pleasant to knit. The acrylic content in it gave it a bit of stretch so my stitches were nice and even, and it was quite pleasant to knit and easy on the hands. I just lightly steamed the pieces before putting the sweater together — no severe blocking needed.
I haven’t yet decided whether I will write up the pattern and make it available. The large pattern repeat makes it difficult to resize — I’d only be able to offer it in a couple of sizes. Adding/removing one pattern repeat from the front and back results in an 8.5″ difference in size. But I’ll fiddle with it and see what I think.
I just received a review copy of this:
This is the Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume One: Knit & Purl. It was released in hardcover a few years ago and is now due to be released in paperback early next people. The nice folks at Sixth & Spring Books sent me a review copy of this new paperback edition.
This stitch dictionary contains over 300 stitch patterns, all beautifully photographed and presented.
It’s a great resource and I frequently use my hardcover copy when I’m looking for a stitch pattern.
I don’t need both the hardcover and paperback versions, so I’m offering this one up to one of my readers.
To be entered in the random drawing for this great stitch dictionary, please leave a comment on this post (you know the drill: emails sent to me via the “contact me” form or comments on other entries aren’t included in the drawing) by noon Eastern Time this Thursday, February 23, 2012. At that time I’ll use my WordPress plug-in to select the winner from the comments to this post.
Lucy clearly needs to work on relaxing.