Jen's 1st Quarter Knit Report
Erica's beautiful version back in February of last year. I had to finish a few things up before starting, but cast on at the end of August. I definitely stalled out on this sweater part way through, somehow knitting double moss stitch in grey yarn was not the most compelling thing for me...especially when faced with pretty pretty Madelientosh sock yarns. Luckily once I start something I'm pretty good at forcing myself to finish, so on the last day of March, juuuuust before this first quarter ended, I cast off the neckline and wove in the last ends. I made quite a few mods to this sweater. I don't like knitting in the round on a large project like this for a few reasons. First I don't enjoy the weight and it takes sooo much longer to complete a row. Also as a sewer and patternmaker, I really enjoy the stability that seams provide, so I knew that I'd be knitting this thing flat. The pattern already had a faux side seam rib so it was relatively easy to split it down the center of that section. Since I was knitting it flat I was also able to copy Erica's genius side seam split, which I think is a really nice touch on this design. I also lengthened the back hem ribbing on mine which I think looks better on me when there's a split hem since I'm always hunched forward from work. The other mod I made besides knitting the entire sweater flat and seaming, and the side split hem was to omit the double fold neckline binding. I have small shoulders and features so when I tried it on it totally overwhelmed my entire body from the shoulders up. Really it looked clownish on me. I ripped the neckband back to the fold and did a loose cast of. So glad I did because it now looks like a pretty normal sweater on me. Even though I really had to push myself through the actual knitting process on this one, I'm so in love with the result. I love how the color and texture of the yarn works with the double moss stitch. I feel like that texture is really showcased in this awkward accidental photo of me adjusting the aperture on my camera during my self timer photo sesh. Occasionally a dark yarn can cover texture but I really think this one sets it off very nicely. The moral of this sweater: sometimes you knit things because of how amazing the yarn is or how fun the pattern is, and sometimes you knit things for the finished product. It's amazing when all these combine into the perfect knitting experience but in the cases where they don't, it's still pretty nice when you get a sweater you know you're going to wear to death in the end. Nutmeg in Nashville. This yarn has a slightly smaller gauge than the recommended Shelter, as well as much better recovery. I also went down a needle size to reflect the smaller gauge on the Heath yarn resulting in a hat with a great fit. I've worn this pretty much nonstop since the wedding - especially since it's perma-winter here in Chicago. I also need to give a shoutout to Sarah (who you've seen posting around these parts lately) for making that sweet pom. She's a serious pom wizard! socks and mittens made out of it, and I wouldn't be sad if something else just happened to end up in Optic! As far as my next quarter knit plans, I've got this pair of socks on the needles and a pretty good start on this sweater. I'm not sure what's in the cards for me other than that, but we'll see what happens between now and then. Do you guys have any great spring knits planned? Fill us in! Lastly just a quick bit of housekeeping...I recently moved most of my knitting posting from the Grainline Instagram account over to my personal account. If you're in it for the knits and have been wondering where those went, you can find them here @jen_beeman.