Stash Down - Little hearts sweater

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Michelle has been 'subtly' reminding me that its almost a year since I started my stash down experiment. Michelle is madly keen for me to show off my before and after images of a year of trying not to buy yarn  (ha ha ha, which idiot thought that would work) and a year of focusing on the yarn I have to hand and using that shit up!

I, on the other hand, am being a bit perverse and making her wait exactly one year to see the results... I have a feeling she is going to be madly underwhelmed.

I have been in a bit of a knitting slump of late, I hate the sweater that I have been knitting for my son and will probably end up frogging it. I started a cushion cover in mosaic stitch but I'm not sure the yarn I have chosen is the right choice. ergh! So rather than sorting out either of those projects, I had a look through my yarn stash found myself holding some white 4ply baby yarn and remembered that a friend has just had her third daughter...Which if course lead me to start trawling through Ravelry and finding this gorgeous little sweater .

I love patterns which introduce me to new techniques and am often amused that I usually learn the most from the smallest projects. Soft toys and baby clothes seem to be chock full of interesting techniques.

Weirdly, I have never knit a bottom up sweater with seamless set in arms. This means that the arms are knit and then the stitches are left live on a piece of waste yarn to be added directly to the body just before the start of the yoke. I found adding the yarn to be a bit fiddly and resulted in a couple of holes that I needed to fix at the sewing up stage. I need to research better methods of attaching sleeves in this method because I'm sure some clever knitter has already figured this out.

The colourwork at the top is knit in the flat. When colourwork is knit in the round, I hold one colour in each hand and knit one yarn in Continental (picking) and the other in English (throwing).
Knitting colourwork flat means that you need to purl too, I've never learnt to purl in Continental style so cracked open youtube and set about teaching myself...it would seem that the knit stitch is easier to perfect in both English and Continental style!

The other technique I learnt was the Norwegian bind off, this is used on the neck edge. I found a tutorial on youTube and was soon whizzing through the last row of the sweater. The Norwegian bind off is a bit more stretchy than the usual bind off and has a nice appearance, almost like a understated Icord bind off. I like it a lot.

I can't wait to gift this to my friend this week (before her daughter grows).



I wonder if I have enough time to finish another stash down project before my year is up?!

1 comment:

  1. I love your stash down project! But also not surprised some new yarn found its way into your hands during the year ;) I still think it's been a good exercise. Otherwise a lot of the yarn you've used would have sat in big tubs instead. The little cardigan is so lovely, I like the open style, it will look adorable over little dresses. I'm not quite sure how much time you have left before your stash down anniversary, but considering how quick you are, I wouldn't be surprised if you were able to finish another project in time!

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