Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Just like buses

Finished projects, in this instance - nothing for ages, then three come along at once.

First, Brier.

This is just lovely, I am very pleased with it indeed.

The pattern is from Rowan Magazine 36, and it is by Kim Hargreaves.  I used RYC Silk Wool, 14 balls of 305 Clay, which is a pretty silvery grey.

I had to make some adjustments because I used this yarn - the pattern is written for a yarn that works up at 5spi, and Silk Wool works best at 5.5spi.  So I followed the directions for size 40, with some additional rows at critical places because of my different row gauge, and ended up with a size 38 cardigan.

This pattern is full of interesting detail, little touches taken from dressmaking - it is all about the finishing, really.

There are the cuffs - divided, overlapping, and held in place with non-functional buttons -

I think they are a real highlight.  I very nearly worked an ordinary garter stitch cuff, and I am so glad that I followed the pattern instead.

Then there's the shaping, intended to be visible -

And of course the decorative seams, making ridges on the outside of the sleeves, made in two parts, and the back with its centre seam and neat little vent -

Really it works very well indeed.  If you enjoy finishing work, as I do, then I can recommend this pattern.

I've also finished my big blue cowl.

This used up the rest of the pack of Felted Tweed Chunky in Wode that I started with the Beech Mitts.  The pattern is a free download on Ravelry, the Gap-Tastic Cowl - more of a recipe than a pattern, really.    I used 9mm needles for a slightly loose fabric, and the only change I made was to use a sewn cast-off so that the two edges look the same, and have the same amount of stretch too.

Now, I have a strong dislike of tight things around my neck - scarfs and cowls need to be loose.  Also I like scarves and wraps to be reversible, ideally.  And this is perfect.  The fabric is very stretchy indeed, I can happily double it around my neck or indeed pull it up over my head as a sort of scarf/hood combination.  And the colour is lovely, I like the tweedy turquoise very much.

So, another pattern that I recommend.

Last - but not least, as far as my husband is concerned - I have finished his socks.

These are made to my standard sock pattern - I think I've linked it in the sidebar - with just one modification, I worked a graduated star toe instead of a wedge toe.  No grafting whatsoever, no ridges - perfection, I think, or something close to it.

On the needles right now - a pullover for my husband in Rowan Lima.  The colour is Pampas, which is actually a very dark green/black.   I am working this from the bottom up in one piece - current thinking is that it will be a raglan, but this may change.   Lovely yarn, by the way.

Also, I have cast on for Nancy Bush's Anniversary Socks in dark navy - very appropriate for the dark of midwinter.

The Cool Wrap is still in progress, there has been a certain amount of frogging and reworking, because I wanted to add some additional increase rows near the beginning to give longer tails.  I'm past that point now, and it is just garter stitch all the way.

Tomorrow is the solstice - we are looking forward to it.


Barbara said...

I love the jacket - yoou're right about the details making all the difference. Enjoy wearing it.

margene said...

I made Brier years ago and think it is a very classic jacket. Your yarn and color choice will be something you'll wear for years and years! Nicely done!