This is my latest garment, just off the jumper board -and, just in time for spring and summer so I'll have to wait to wear it until next year. It is the Tingwall jumper from the book “The Art of Fair Isle Knitting” by Ann Feitelson. Some notes about this project:
1. It took me about 3 months to complete it. The main reason for the delays was the fact that I changed jobs just after beginning it in late July and the new work sucked all the energy out of me. I would go home nackered at the end of each day and just couldn’t find the energy to even pick up the ball of knitting wool.
2. It is done with Jamieson & Smith 2-ply knitting wool in 8 colours. I used a 3.5 mm needle. Of course, it is knitting circularly, seamless and with steeks. I’ve included pics of the steeks for those who are unfamiliar with them.
3. The basque as well as the cuffs and collar are all done in corrugated ribbing. I like the look but find the knitting a bit slow; it’s easy to make it too tight. Here I think I did the basque too loosely and next time I need to find the happy medium between the two different tensions.
4. The pattern is made up of 5 row peeries randomly alternating with larger designs.
5. The collar is knitted in rib up to the last row which is purled to make a turning edge. Then, in solid red, an equal number of rows are knitted. This is turned under which lines the collar and gives it a nice look and feel. I also did the back of the neck steek (5 rows) which works so much better than none.
6. All ends are knitted in rather than darned in.
7. I used the weaving method rather than stranding. I am still not happy with the finished results as the stitches are not as even as I would like. In the photo one can see the selvedge edges which I darned in place with a blanket stitch.
8. I knitted off-gauge and blocked it to size. Why? Who knows.
9. It is very comfortable to wear and does not feel heavy even though it is double thickness.
It is getting clearer to me that I am really interested in stranded knitting, far more so than any other type of knitting except maybe ganseys. I can see why knitters elect to focus on one type of knitting in order to become very proficient at it. I still have a long way to go before I get even close to excellent at stranded knitting. Although this garment is wearable and remarkable to non-knitters, to me it is only passable and I need lots more practice.
My next project is going to be done on the knitting belt. It is a basic jumper with an Icelandic style yoke design with the Nordic Star pattern. I am keen to get my tension sorted; I’ll be doing stranded knitting to see if it makes a difference.
One last thing: thanks need to be expressed to Mario (MMario) for telling me about IrfanView and to Patrick (Celowin) for explaining to me how to use it.
I probably should have posted it to the Gallery section but I didn't think of that until all the attachments were uploaded.