My current work in progress:

Freshet, by Irina Anikeeva for Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 13, knit from Rowan Softyak DK in the Steppe colorway, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

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?

Hearten Progress

I now have the two side fronts of Hearten completed.

The pattern has you assemble the pieces and then pick up the stitches to knit the front bands, then knit the neckband. As I sometimes like to do, I’ve changed the order in which I do things.

I picked up and knit the front bands on each side front before assembling the sweater.

That makes things much more portable, as I only have one side front hanging off the needles as I knit the front band.

Then I joined the shoulders and knit the neckband.

And I started a sleeve:

And Loki is standing by, ready to assist!

At your service!

Hearten

Thank you for all the very nice comments about my Toorie Cardigan. In answer to a few questions, I have not yet worn it. Unless we have a cold day coming up in the next week or so, it will likely be put away until next Autumn/Winter.

My new project:

This is Hearten, a design by Kim Hargreaves from Capsule Coll. No. 03 CALM. I found a used copy of the booklet for sale via Amazon.

The pattern calls for Rowan Softyak DK, but I went with something else: I dipped into my precious stash of the now sadly discontinued Rowan Calmer. (I am still bitter about Rowan discontinuing Calmer.) I’m using color # 501 — Preen. The gauge is spot-on using the suggested needles for this project.

Here is Loki’s plan for the day:

Note the nicely crossed paws!