I finished Agata yesterday.
I did the sleeves differently than the pattern directed — “regular” cuffs instead of long skinny ones.
Here’s a close-up of the buttons:
I bought the buttons from The Loopy Ewe specifically for this jacket shortly after the issue of Knitty came out. I think they are perfect for the yarn and the design. I used approximately 2400 yards of Noro Kureyon for a large sweater that is longer than the pattern directed — around 34″. For the body of the sweater I used a U.S. size 8 needle on the garter stitch portions, a size 9 on the stockinette portions, and a size 6 for the cuffs.
The Knit Parade
I received this book to review in the mail last week:
This is The Knit Parade by Rebecca Rymsza and its subtitle is “12 Statement Sweater Patterns, 12 Motifs to Meddle With.”
There are patterns for 12 sweaters in this book, and they are all the same basic sweater: a simple drop shoulder pullover knit in a DK weight yarn. Each pattern is available in two sizes: 37″ around and 42.5″ around. The difference is in the motifs used to dress the sweaters up. Most of them are knit using the intarsia technique, but there is one that is worked stranded, or fair isle.
In the back of the book there are 12 charts of other shapes that you can apply to a basic sweater to create your own motifs.
There is also information on using the charted motifs in the book for other projects, like a cushion or a bag.
The author of the book, Rebecca Rymsza, is the owner of Where’s Me Jumper — a company that knits bespoke sweaters and dresses following customers’ own ideas, so you can see where the idea for this came from.
This is not a book for someone who is interested in achieving a personalized fit or working with advanced knitting techniques. Rather, if you are interested in using a simple sweater design as a canvas for personalized ideas and colorful motifs, you might find this a fun and useful book. Also, teen-ager might find it fun to work with.
Who’d like my review copy? To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by 11:00 am Eastern time this Sunday, October 20. At that time I’ll choose a comment at random.
Speaking of Comments
I get a lot of emails sent to me via the “contact me” form on my website, most of which are from people asking for knitting help or advice. This morning I sent off a reply to someone and once again, had the email bounce back to me as undeliverable. This happens a lot. The contact me form has you manually enter your email address and that is the only email address I have to respond to. So if you make a typo entering your email address, you won’t get a response, unless it is an obvious error that I can figure out (like “gmail” spelled incorrectly).
So, if you’ve emailed me a question and have not gotten an answer, it is possibly because you typed your email address incorrectly.
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