Mom's sweater, hopefully

This is the sweater I have returned to for my mom's gift. My plan is to do one row of blocks per day: there is 16 blocks across the front (8 per panel) of 6st x 8 rows). The actual knitting takes no time at all. The big time consumer is starting the new colors and the weaving and tying in of the ends, but that's getting faster as I go along. I love playing with the color combinations.


steve kadel's picture

i love the vibrance and randomness of the combinations. it's a sweater my mom would love. i appreciate the time. i have an unfinished argyle cardigan...i should complete. nearly there, but got tired of color switch and tiny needles. one day....good work

we put birds on things

grandcarriage's picture

More power to you: I'd eat my own head if I had to do a mapped pattern on tiny needles. What makes this pattern worth it to me is the fun of experimenting with colours as I go.

RareSteek's picture

Beautiful colours. I too would like to try something like that, sort of a Kaffe Fassetty thing, but I know all the colour changes across a row would begin to get to me very quickly, not to mention the loose ends. Do you knit the ends in as you go?


grandcarriage's picture

What I've discovered is that, because so many of his early patterns are based on quilt patterns, they can be adjusted in many many ways~ squares can steps, or blocks, or even a pixilated image. The tumbling block pattern can also be 6 pointed stars (Check out the tumbling block sweaters on Ravelry...the last one is stars). This is just pixels, if you will...

He has a sweater pattern called big diamonds that has long triangles of similar color (kind of like an elongated kite shape, divided on the vertical and horizontal into 4 segments). I'd like to do that next, and using wool, do "wet-felt" aka spit joins to join up the yarn into a "noro kureyon" sort of effect. I think that would go rather quickly and be more fun. That being said, I think the end result is totally worth it, and once you get the hang of it, color changes are very fast.

grandcarriage's picture

Loose ends: On the back, I wove in some of the loose ends, but not all of them, and then I spent two entire knit nights weaving them in. UGH!!!!. Now, I weave them in as I go, so each color switch includes te "finishing". It takes a little longer, but totally worth it in my opinion: It's the the cost of having the fun of playing with colour theory.

albert's picture

I admire your mastery of color. The few times I attempted a Fassett-esque explosion of color, the result looked more like an explosion at a clown suit factory.

grandcarriage's picture

The color scheme is analogous blue, with a predominance toward the green end, at least that's the idea. I find it keeps things on kind of an even keel and more harmonious, although there was one or two squares on the back that I decided NOT to repeat (an olive green, and a bluish-white). It's the color experimentation that really excites me in this garment. I'm also doing the stripey sweater seen in the corner of the picture for my father...stripes running vertically: I'm wet-felt joining the yarns on his, though...very few ends to weave in that way. I'm going to do his shaping on the sewing machine and serger, so it can just be brainless knitting for the knit nights...

crmartin's picture

Beautiful! All the color changes and weaving would do me in.



grandcarriage's picture

Oooo, I'm totally scoping that garden in the background: More pictures, please says the professional gardener knitting guy.

Kenny's picture

Is this a Kaffe Fasset Design?

grandcarriage's picture

It's based on his "small squares" pattern. The garment itself (size, decreases, shape, etc...I mapped myself. I'm excited to see how it turns out. I'm working on the front right now (It's a cardi) and I do on row of blocks each day: I'm up to row 5. It takes just under 22 minutes at this point to do the color switch row with the weaving in of the ends, but only 8 minutes per row after that. It will be worth it, in the end... I just have to remember that the prominent color is supposed to be green. It always seems to lean toward teal.

grandcarriage's picture

Worsted weight baby... LOL. it goes pretty fast. The thing I LOVE about this, is that I can play with color theory...looking at the completed back, I can play with color placement on the front. (In this case, I am working hard to keep it RANDOM looking, but making sure that certain colors: the bright lime, the lavender) are evenly arranged on the fabric. It's a challenge to keep it balanced, and that's what makes it so much fun.

Its looking good and the colors are nice, to all the guys out there who think knitting is for girls if you bring your wife flowers on mothers day compared to something you made shes going to love it so much more, mothers day is this sunday guys hope your finishing up your projects

Well well, I am sure your mom will be happy to receive that sweater from you, you must love her very much. I guess the up coming Mother's Day should put all of us to think about original ideas for our moms, they all deserve that from us.