I made myself a new alpaca pullover. I used the kids pattern perlemorsgenser/mother of pearl pullover as inspiration and made myself some instructions. I used 12 skeins, 600 gram, 2004 meters of Drops Alpaca held double. My cria cardigan was knit in this yarn and it was my favorite until I ruined it in the wash, so I think this will be loved and well used, coming this autumn. I really like the decorative cable and bobbles making the raglan shape the sides. I think it gives interest without being fussy and I think it will blend well in with all my separates. This kind of pullover doesn’t really work with dresses, it makes me feel like a big walking blob and I don’t like to feel like a blob. It will however be perfect with those trousers I’m planning to make. The colour is a mix of undyed natural shades of tan alpaca wool which gives depth to the colour and it will look amazing with the navy blue trousers I’m planning to make.
I have been building up a lot of expectations about this sweater since I decided to make it 6 months ago, it took some time to decide on a colour and it doesn’t completely live up to my expectations, mostly because I see now that raglan isn’t very flattering on me. I see a lot of people wearing raglan, but how can I wear raglan well? I have broad shoulders and this is the result. My beloved has narrow shoulders and look just as misshaped in it?
Or is it the length that is the problem, maybe I should lengthen it a few cm.
Islænder from Knit for your kid (danish) by Susie Haumann knit in Pickles extra fin merino. Did you know that I love colour work? It is a little harder to shop for if you are particular about the colours as I am especially when shopping online, but colour work is so rewarding you can see the amazing pattern growing as you make it. I feel about colour work as some do about self striping sock-yarn of cables, just one more and one more I just want to see how it grows a little more before I put it down.
As always I didn’t follow the pattern all the way, the main modification was lengthen it a few rows, it seemed very short before.
Snoningstrøje from Strikkede babydrømme (Lullaby Knits, in english) by Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard, but I used the free pattern in danish found here. I made it in Sandnes Alpakka in the colourway 5563 somewhere between blue and purple. For the 18-24 months size I used 3.5 skeins about 400 meters. I lengthened the body 3 cable repeats and shortened the yoke 2 or 3 cable repeats since the original had a very long yoke which can restrict arm movement. I think that the ribbed cable structure will allow it to grow with the child and make it fit for a slightly longer period. Now that I deciphered the pattern, being 1/4 danish don’t make it any easier all though I will send the next danish pattern to my aunt so she can translate it for me before I start.
Wee Envelope from Wee Ones by Ysolda Teague made in Sandnes Alpkka with wood lookalike buttons from my stash. The entire wee ones collection is wonderful and I’ll probably knit all of them eventually. I love making sweaters and now that my time is limited these tiny sweaters are perfect, it has all the wonderful elements of imagining someone wearing it, but in a more manageable size now that there is a lot going on. Mittens or hats really aren’t as exciting as sweaters are.
I have been thinking about making something similar to this incredible cardigan made by Felicia Semple of The Craft Sessions. She made it in yarn bought at a small mill on a vacation and created this by knitting and ripping back if necessary. I think of using a yoked cardigan pattern as base and continue the patterning.
Colourwork Cardy – Felicia Semple
Any ideas on yarn for it, something soft that isn’t superwash in soft colours like these?