With all this heat, I was gently reminded of the things to come, autumnal change and the colder times ahead. My fixation with linen moving smartly along, I now must prepare for the winter. Perhaps I cocoon, so to speak?
Tom! Get in here, boy, and let me get you started! Don't bother with the features SHE gave you. Take 'em all off...everything. I have some wicked ideas that will make you look HOT!
Tom, as you may have discerned, is not a tryst, not a summer fling, not a furtive bump in the warm evening. It is my next adoption of one of Jane Ellison's stable of hunky designs for men from Queensland Collection, Book 9.
My plan is thus...first, I tease Tom with a combination of linen and wool...something to spark warmth, yet cool him down if he gets too...moist. Rustic from Cascade, Navy Blue.
To help me turn up the heat, I'm doing it in Flame Ribbing, a sporty stitch I found on page 188 of the temptress Barbara G. Walker's Third Treasury, as memory serves me,
To add spice, a bright red band at the sleeve cap, red trim all around every edge, the bottom of the sleeves and the edge of the hood.
Did I forget to mention the hood? Tom will not know the identity of his...admirer. Makes for more interesting sessions together...don't you agree? I'm also modifying it into a buttoned cardigan, so it can quickly hit the floor if things get...sweaty.
I am also decreasing the stitches at the neck to bring it closer to the shape of the head, giving it a short row peak at the top, seamless construction...steeked at the front to the hood top and the sleeve openings...short rowed sleeve cap...the hood will be grafted together, and the body will go from 40 inches at the waist to 56 inches across the top of the shoulders.
I will do the increases at the steeked edges of the cardigan front to stay in pattern. Flame Ribbing is in repeats of 18 stitches, and my gauge is 4.5 spi on US8's.
The Flame Ribbing has beautiful stretch in it, but not the way ordinary ribbing does. Think of it as lace for thicker yarn, and it's masculine and butch. Right, Tom?
I love it...Tom is wincing...he'll get used to being spread in short order.