My current work in progress:

Benedict, designed by Michele Wang, knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton in the Cocoa colorway, on a U.S. size 6 and 8 needle.

Front

I finished the back of my Cornflower sweater and have just started the front.

The ribbing is a rather complex pattern but I am pleased to report I got it right on the first try!

Loki is having a good day. The cable guy was here for a couple of hours to troubleshoot some issues (all is well now). Loki was happy to help and is now very pleased with himself!

Lace and Texture

After a couple of fair isle projects, I’ve started a one-color project:

This is Cornflower, a pattern from Marie Wallin, from her Meadow pattern collection. I’m knitting mine with this:

Yummy Cormo from Sincere Sheep. The color in the skein is far more accurate than the color of the WIP. I purchased this yarn from Mason-Dixon Knitting at the end of December when they had a sale. I bought it for a cardigan pattern, but after starting it, I just wasn’t liking it, so frogged and restarted this. A much better fit!

Loki agrees.

Yell Cardigan

I finished my Yell Cardigan lat week.

To recap, this is a design by Marie Wallin from her book Shetland, knit from Jamiesons of Shetland Shetland Spindrift on size 3.25mm needles. I used the colors called for in the pattern.

I did make a number of mods, all of which I think I’ve mentioned at some point during the knitting of this. But here they all are in one place.

Rather than do the very narrow seed stitch borders, I knit facings for the bottom hems, sleeves, and front bands. A number of other knitters reported on their Ravelry project pages that as knit the garment had a tendency to curl, so I wanted to avoid that.

I worked my usual 10-stitch steek rather than the (in my opinion) too-narrow 5-stitch steek the pattern called for. By working the 10-stitch steek I had enough wiggle room so that I did not have to do any steek reinforcement after cutting and before picking up stitches.

I added about 6″ in length to the body of the garment as I wanted it to be longer than the cropped version.

Rather than pick up and knit the sleeves down from the armholes, I knit them from the bottom up, and then joined them to picked up stitches around the armhole via three-needle bind-off. I did this simply because I did not want the entire body of the sweater in my lap while I knit the sleeves.

After the garment was complete and put together I noticed a boo-boo that I totally missed while knitting it. Can you see it in this photo?

(Hint: Look at the sleeves)

Now that I’ve noticed it, I can’t believe I missed it! The error came about because in-between knitting Sleeve One and Sleeve Two, I enlarged the bottom chart and accidentally cut off the top motif. Doh!

Am I planning on fixing it? No way! Once I finished it, I was eager to move on!

Meanwhile, Loki is napping in preparation for watching the Kitten Bowl this afternoon!

Face It

As I mentioned last week, I have knit facings for my Yell cardigan: The bottom edge, the front bands and the bottom edge of the sleeves.

The pattern directs you to do a few rows of moss stitch at the garment edges, which to me seems like not enough of an edge to combat the piece curling up, as the rest of it is miles of stockinette. Several Ravelers have mentioned this issue in their project notes, so I figured my fears were justified. So I knit a facing.

It’s easy to do. I cast on the requisite number of stitches, then worked stockinette in the round — for the bottom edge I did about 1.5″, for the front bands I did it deep enough to cover the bands on the wrong side. Once the facing was deep enough, I worked one purl round on the right side. This is the turning round: having that one purl round makes the facing fold obediently to the inside of the work.

I then carefully sewed the cast-on edge of the facing to the inside of the sweater using the same yarn as I used for the sweater. And there you have it — a nice neat facing!

A tip: I am using a 3.25mm to knit Yell, so I used a 3mm needle to knit the facing. My gauge is slight tighter knitting two-color stockinette, so I went down a size to knit the one-color facing.

I have one sleeve done and inserted in the armhole.

Coming down the home stretch! Loki celebrates by lounging on the coffee table.

Boost Your Knitting!

As I mentioned in my last blog post, my Alcedo Socks pattern is this month’s pattern in Boost Your Knitting from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear.

You can purchase the book at the link above and hey, guess what? There are kits available as well!

(Pssst: If you use the code WENDYSENTME at the checkout then it will give you 10% off anything in the Boost Your Knitting collection.)

Not sure your gusset heel skills are up to snuff? Check out this video tutorial!

Meanwhile . . .

I finished the body of my Yell Cardigan!

I decided to knit the front bands before doing the sleeves.

I knit a facing for the bands, the same way I did the bottom edge. I l;ike the way it looks on the inside:

And Loki is as helpful as usual!