My current work in progress:

Newlyn Jacket, by Jane Gottelier, knit from Rowan Original Denim, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

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Denim Fun

I’m working along on my Newlyn Jacket. I finished the back on Friday.

It is extra long because once completed and washed it will shrink 10% or so.

I am currently knitting along on the left front:

I did the pocket finishing because I didn’t like leaving the stitches on a holder and letting the hole gape open while I knit. After working across the entire back, it is a relief to be knitting a side front, where to rows go much quicker!

The yarn, Rowan Original Denim is, as you may well know, rope-dyed indigo so that the sweater will fade like a pair of jeans every time it is washed. It also means that some dye comes off during knitting, but it is not too bad since it is a lighter colorway to begin with.

And as usual, my little supervisor is on the job!

Don’t get any indigo dye on my fur, please!

thank u, next

Thank you for the very nice comments on my completed Kenmare pullover!

A commenter asked about yarns to sub for the now discontinued Rowan SoftKnit Cotton. You could sub Rowan Handknit Cotton, or any worsted weight smooth cotton yarn.

Onward . . .

I’ve started something I’ve been thinking about for a while: a cardigan knit with denim yarn.

This is Newlyn Jacket by Jane Gottelier from the book Indigo Knits. I am knitting mine from Rowan Original Denim which is now, you guessed it, discontinued. The Elann Den-M-Nit Pure Indigo Cotton that the pattern actually calls for is still available for purchase via Amazon.com (though some colors are temporarily out of stock).

The yarn is like knitting with string, but once it is washed and shrunk, it will be lovely. I keep reminding myself of that. 😉

Meanwhile, Loki is working on taking selfies.

Kenmare, Completed

Well this was a fast and fun knit!

Martin Storey’s Kenmare. knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton on U.S. size 6 and 7 needles.

Softknit Cotton (now sadly discontinued) is the yarn called for in the pattern and I wanted to work in cotton because a worsted weight sweater in wool would definitely be too warm for me to wear the majority of the time. (In answer to a question in the comments — you could, however, easily knit this design in wool if you wanted a warm cozy winter sweater.)

When I completed the front and back, I joined at the shoulders using a three-needle bind-off as directed, and then knit the neckband. An oddity of this pattern is that you knit wee triangular neck gussets separately and sew them in on either side of the neck, then pick up and knit the neckband.

After I completed the neckband, I started on the sleeves. When I had one sleeve done I picked up stitches along the side edge and attached the sleeve via a three-needle bind-off, then picked up the stitches on the other side of the body. That way, as soon as I had the second sleeve done I could immediately attach it since I had the stitches already picked up. Keep the momentum going!

Next!

Next up:

Kenmare, designed by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan SoftKnit Cotton, another great yarn sadly discontinued by Rowan. It appears that I will be spending the summer knitting with discontinued Rowan yarns. But I’m not bitter . . .

I am using the “Aged Rose” colorway, which coincidentally is the color used to knit the sample.

I have the back done.

And the front will be done today or tomorrow.

It’s a fun and easy pattern, very easy to memorize. It’s patterned with traditional gansey motifs and I am a sucker for a traditional gansey, so I am enjoying every minute of this.

Loki says “Relax!”

Hearten, Completed

I finished my Hearten project last weekend.

It actually took a fair amount more yarn than the project called for — by well over 100 yards. And I made the sleeves a bit shorter than the pattern directs.

I also left off the eyelet edging on the sleeve cuffs as I did not like the look of it. I’m very pleased with the results — it’s a very cute, nicely designed sweater!

And Loki is just as pleased — can’t you tell?