Friday, January 26, 2007

3 Sweaters in Progress

I've been working on some of these sweaters longer than others, but I have high hopes for all of them. They are all my own designs, so they might work out, or they might not.

1. A red sweater that I started a long time ago. The stitch pattern is Wheat Ear Rib from Barbara Walker's treasuries (I'm not sure which one).



I'm getting pretty close on this one. I'm part way through the second sleeve, so hopefully I'll get to wear it this winter.

2. This is the beginning of an Elizabeth Zimmerman Hand-to-Hand Aran sweater. The idea is to knit from one cuff to the other, and then pick up stitches to knit the body. But I think that it would bother me to have one sleeve knit from cuff to body and the other sleeve knit from the body to the cuff. So I'm going to knit both sleeves from the cuff to the middle of the sweater, then graft them together. It's a lot of grafting in multiple cable patterns, but I think it will work out. And the sweater will be symmetrical. Then I'll pick up stitches and knit the body. Here's what I have so far on the first sleeve:



I'd like to say that this sleeve will be done soon, but I have yet to knit more than 3 rows of this in a sitting. So it could be a long-term project. The pattern for the big cable can be found here. The smaller cable is just one 8-stitch repeat of a honeycomb cable. This is the yarn - my color is arctic fox, which seems to be sold out. This yarn still has spinning oil in it, so it will fluff up more when it is washed.

3. This is just the very beginnings of a sweater. Now that I'm trying to look professional when I go to work, I've been wearing more jackets than sweaters. I've measured my favorite jacket very carefully, and I'm knitting this to be the exact same size and shape. We'll see how it works. Accurate shaping has never been my strong point. That's why I like knitting hats and mittens. If they don't work, it isn't that big a deal to rip them out. To make this even trickier, I'm using unspun icelandic yarn for this project. You can probably guess how I know that it doesn't rip out well.

For this project, I wanted to use a two-color stitch pattern that would not really look like knitting. After looking through my many, many stitch pattern books, I didn't find anything that I really liked. But the fancy herringbone pattern in one of Barbara Walker's Treasuries of Knitting Patterns was close to what I was looking for. So I decided to see how I might adapt that pattern for two colors. I tried about 10 different variations of the pattern:



The one I settled on is the 5th band down from the top. It is the fancy herringbone pattern with the slipped stitches worked in the constrasting yarn. Here's how it looks in the unspun icelandic:



This picture is pretty blurry, but none of the others seemed to show what the pattern really looks like. All the shaping in pattern that this pattern requires takes a lot of attention. So I haven't been working on it much lately. But since it is the one that I am the most likely to wear to work, it should probably be higher on the priority list.

5 Comments:

At 8:44 PM, Blogger rfg said...

These are all lovely but I really love the cabled sleeve! I can't wait to see what becomes of it.

 
At 9:24 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

They all look like exciting projects. I'm looking forward to seeing the progress on them.

 
At 6:16 AM, Anonymous diana said...

As always, your projects are awe inspiring! I really love the beginnings of the new sweater.

 
At 3:41 PM, Anonymous lisa said...

I really like that V neck!

 
At 12:41 AM, Anonymous knitting bandit said...

Wow! Your cabled sleeves look great! That's so much work. I like the stitch pattern for your jacket!

 

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