It's been far too long since I last posted on MWK (in fact, I couldn't remember my nic or password!). I've been busy knitting socks and in-between working on this jumper. When I first saw it in the book “Simply Shetland” I wasn't certain I would like it. As I worked on it, I was still unsure. But, now that it's completed, I am delighted with it. It has a certain old-fashioned look about it and certainly appears more complicated than it really is. The colourway is very muted and a bit dark but actually works very well.
It was done with Jamieson's Shetland 2-ply Spindrift knitting wools. Needles sizes were 3.25 mm for the body and 3.0 mm for the ribbing. I got the gauge of 32 stitches/10 cm with these sizes. I knitted it as usual in the round, holding both colour strands in the left hand and knitting Continental. Steeks were made and cut for the 3 holes so there are no sewn seams. There are 7 colours in the colourway. The pattern repeat was 24 stitches x 42 rows. As with most Shetland knitting patterns, there was an error and I'm sure one error is in the collar ribbing. I purchased all the supplies from Camilla Valley Farms in Canada. The last photo shows the inside strand-carrying for the FI fanatics like me.
My goal in this project was to improve the row in the body and sleeves where the rows commence and end. I was able to adjust tension there to get the best look yet and to almost completely eliminate any ridge. Great!
I like the fit of this jumper. I weight 10 stone 5 and often jumpers are too large. But, this one seems to fit me rather well.
It's now been about 10 days since our 7.1 devastating earthquake I've begun a new fairisle jumper pattern and am knitting it through the 20+/day aftershocks we are experiencing. Some of them are between 4-5 on the Rictor scale and a bit unnerving. We live in a small town just a few kilometers and over the hills from Christchurch where the damage has been severe. As Elizabeth Zimmerman said, “Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises.” But, I'm not sure she was talking about dropping stitches, pattern errors or major devastating earthquakes but I'm giving it a go anway!