Raglan Jersey with "shawl" collar

I found some fantastic wool from Italy with the name "Vero". It was so wonderfully soft that I could not resist buying it even though I'm not a fan of variegated yarns. The label did not indicate either the size or the suggested gauge so I got out my WPI and discovered that this is a heavy worsted. I worked out a 5.5 mm needle gave the best results and then worked the basic sweater pattern from "The Sweater Workshop". I did a steek for the neck and decided I wanted to try to make a shawl collar. What I learned is that I should have cut the neckline steek further down the front to give a larger hole and then I could have crossed the collar over both sides and been able to poke my head though as well. But, since I'm on the learn as I go programme, I didn't do it exactly right but at least I have a collar that isn't the same old thing. In knitting this up, I found that the variegation was not consistent so I didn't try to match the stripes and just let it knit out as the colours came along.

There has been some discussion about blocking recently on MWK. I didn't block this but gave it a gentle hand wash and laid it out to dry. This evened-out any wayward looking stitches and fluffed the wool up.

It's spring in the southern hemisphere but we have a cold southerly blowing and this is a nice warm protection against the chill.

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ronhuber's picture

The sweater is great and I really like the collar. Can you tell us if the wool can be purchased on the internet. You are keeping to your schedule of a new sweater every week. I bet you are having fun. I always thought that laying the sweater out after a wash was blocking it. I am sure you did have to pull or tug it into shape.

kiwiknitter's picture

Even though our selection of knitting wools is crap (all the good stuff is exported to places like the UK and the US where the prices are higher), I don't buy off the internet. I'm not savvy about fibers so I have to experience something first hand to know if I want to knit with it. This wool was purchased at our one and only upper-end department store. It is a new product for them and I hope they carry more of this brand.

Another note about NZ wool: the Italians have invested heavily in our sheep stations and buy much of our wool for their garments. Recently, a rancher developed a merino purported to be the finest yet produced. The Italians purchased it for $50,000 per bale!

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Wow, you must knit in your sleep! Or those needles just burn through the wool. Your out-put is incredible and really fine things. Congratulations, sir.

kiwiknitter's picture

I really enjoy knitting and like the knitters during the wars, I try to make use of any spare moments to knock-off a couple of rounds. But, I must say that there are some more "scientific" reasons that my production is high:

1. I knit only on Addi Turbos. I find that the stitches fly off these slick needles.

2. I only knit in the round and there is no denying that knitting goes much faster in the round than flat knitting.

3. Now that I use the E Zimmermann method for designing a garment that fits me, I knit fewer excessive stitches and rows. This saves wool and time knitting superfluous fabric.

4. I knit mostly the continental method which is faster than the English/American method.

5. I now make steeks and cut the garment for neck and arm holes. This means I can knit entirely in the round and don't have to do the tedious flat pieced knitting with the reductions.

6. Since I don't have pieces to assemble, I don't spend time sewing up garments. Sometimes I knit in the ends and save time going back and darning them in.

All these techniques have helped me to speed up my knitting without sacrificing either the quage/tension of my stitches or the evenness of the knitting.

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

MMario's picture

a sweater a week? a sweater a WEEK!!! I'm in shock. and awe.

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Tallguy's picture

kiwiknitter wrote: "I didn't block this but gave it a gentle hand wash and laid it out to dry."

But I thought that IS blocking? Wrong?

kiwiknitter's picture

What I meant here by blocking: the use of steam, pinning the work out or using stretcher pieces and frames.

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly