Wednesday, 18 May 2016
I actually finished a garment some months ago. Blankets are easy, but sweaters have to fit, and that is difficult. It was the pattern that caught my interest, Timetable pullover by Andrea Sanchez in Interweave Knits Spring 2015 issue. It was brown, it was a close fitting sweater in a thin yarn, a top down pattern with interesting pattern detail.
I decided to use Noro yarn, in order to reduce the Noro yarns in the yarn store. I bought the Taiyo 4 ply sock yarn two years earlier in order to crochet a cardigan. I started and did quite well, getting the required tension. I didn't like it because I thought that the fabric was too stiff, and I had been looking for an opportunity to unravel it. I washed the yarn, but you can see that the knitted sweater is uneven because the kinks did not disappear fully.
I can't remember much about the knitting now, except that it took a long time. I enjoyed it but I had to follow the pattern row by row because of changes in the cable pattern. It wasn't difficult, and I enjoyed the knitting. The standard blankets are much more fun though. I tried it on several times to check the fit.
In the pattern the cable continues around the corner along the bottom hem at the back, and this appealed to me. I hadn't appreciated that the angle was very sharp, and that I didn't like. I tried it, and undid it, and just did several rows garter stitch in the end.
The sweater fits nicely, and that is the main thing. I wear it now that the weather is more appropriate. The Noro yarn does of course obscure the cable pattern, and it is really superfluous, but I liked doing it. It would be a much nicer sweater in a plain yarn. The Noro yarn produced a wider tension than the pattern, so I knitted a size smaller.
It took me nearly eight months to complete one sweater. (I haven't worked out how many blankets I knitted meanwhile.) So I thought I should give myself deadlines, three months for one sweater. Because I see so many patterns I would like to try, and there is so much yarn reserved for sweaters. I did complete the next one within the deadline, but not the third or the fourth. My deadline doesn't allow for deciding it is no good and starting again from scratch. And it is stressful. So I will have to be content with sweaters taking a long time, if I want to enjoy knitting them.
Timetable pullover by Andrea Sanchez, Interweave Knits Spring 2015
Yarn: Noro 4 ply sock yarn cotton 50%, wool 17%, nylon 17%, silk 16%, 260 gr
Needles: 3 mm
Tension: 24 st
Knitted: 15 May to 30 December 2015