So sorry for the lengthy delay but life got in the way a bit and I’ve only just finished this sweater a couple of weeks ago and then life happened again – not something you can stop, can you?
Anyway, things seem to be getting back on track for now and I found some time to sit down and write a blog post.
This sweater was planned almost two years ago but I only got round to starting it earlier this year. My friend Sarah and I finally met up and went off to buy some wool that she liked from John Gregory wool shop, in Msida. She opted for a skein of pure black wool of about 750g in total.
Then I took her measurements and researched some cable patterns, because she wanted some kind of pattern on the front. She chose a normal braid to go on each side and a 4-strand plait to go in the middle. After that, it was time to work on the gauge so that I’d be able to design the pattern as correctly as possible (once you know knitting basics, you should be fine in designing a pattern from scratch).
I used 3.5mm and 4mm straight needles with this pattern since the wool was similar to double knitting.
After having knitted all the pieces (back, front and sleeves) and assembled them all together, it was time to work on the neckline. Necklines have been a bit problematic for me so far but at least, this time, it only took me two tries to knit this properly. The main problem was the cast-off – a normal cast-off isn’t good for the neckline since we would need it to stretch over the head.
Eventually, I did a bit of research and found a lovely stretchy cast-off method which produced a beautiful stretchy neckline which sits perfectly on the wearer’s neck. This cast-off method is great for finishing off socks, etc.
All in all, I think I have a very happy ‘customer’, don’t you think? 🙂 (Sorry about the quality of the picture. At the moment I can only take picture with my phone).