March 18, 2019
Back in January, when the opportunity arose to test knit a Stephen West sweater with welts, I was like, heck yeah. The deadline also seemed like a very forgiving distance away, not that it ever means I will finish a project ahead of time, be it a test knit or a lecture.
Fast forward to the day before the pattern launch, and I still have the second sleeve to knit. Blocked the sweater overnight and through a day of work, but the welts still aren't completely dry as I'm writing this blog entry. That doesn't stop me from wearing it, though. I have to say the welts were not my favorite part of this project to knit, and I had to use some markers to be able to pick up the correct row of stitches since I knitted all the welts in the same color. However, it was worth it! The rest of the yoke was easier, and then the broken rib (and garter stitch) for the rest of the body and sleeves was pretty relaxing.
I held together two strands of superwash fingering weight yarn for most of the time, apart from the black bits where the other strand of fingering was replaced by two strands of lace-weight yarn. I'm quite happy about the subtle fade! The broken rib goes well with the speckled yarns. The sweater grew quite a bit when wet, which was a plus, since before blocking it was smaller than I'd expected. I knit the size M, but I think my gauge was off, and there were also some issues with the stitch counts with the test version, which may have had some effect.
Despite the excentric construction, it's extremely comfortable to wear!
March 16, 2019
I also had the pleasure of testing La Maison Rililie's latest hat pattern, Zipf. Her patterns often have a slightly unusual construction, and in this case it's short rows that shape the hat! The pattern is written for worsted weight yarn, but my hat is knit with three yarns ranging from DK to bulky! I used the leftovers of Martin's Lab Tibetan DK for the contrast stripes, and actually ran out; the last stripe in this color is missing because of that. The grey yarn is some Berroco Ultra Alpaca from the bottom of my stash, and the fluffy Sandnes Garn Børstet Alpakka is something I haven't used before. I really love the contrast of the fluffy brushed alpaca to the smoother yarns! I knit the size M, and the fit is great! I like my hats to have a snug brim and then a looser body, so my hair doesn't get flattened.
March 12, 2019
Apparently, besides yarn, I've also started to hoard test knitting projects! Here's the Mycroft sweater, knit from a pattern by Isabell Kraemer. It's actually my first time knitting a pattern by Isabell. The pattern will be released for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and I can definitely recommend it! It's a very relaxing knit; apart from the beginning with the neck shaping and such, you barely have to refer to the pattern.
It's written for worsted weight yarn, and I decided to try out Cumbria by The Fibre Co. for the first time. I like the slightly fuzzy surface it creates, although I do have some issues with itching; I think I'll have to wear this with a long-sleeved shirt underneath. It is very warm, and I think it'll be great for wearing under my winter coat.
I'm also very happy with the fit! I knit size M1, although I think my sweater turned out with a slightly smaller bust measurement than intended. There is probably a couple of centimeters/ about one inch of positive ease.
I was slightly worried about having to knit full-length sleeves, considering I've had a pretty strong aversion to sleeve knitting in the past. However, it didn't turn out to be a problem at all, and I churned them out in no time! This makes me quite optimistic about knitting more sweaters with proper sleeves, instead of just trying to find patterns with minimal sleeve knitting involved!