Start: 14th July 2009
Finish: 14th August 2009
Needles: 4 mm / 80 cm Addi Turbos
Yarn: Wollmeise "Molly"; 100% superwash Merino; colourway "Kornblume"
Pattern: Joukahainen by Kristel Nyberg. Published in Finnish in the magazine Ulla 03/07. Pattern is available as an English translation as Ravelry download.
Name: "Joukahainen Ruiskukasta" should say something along the line of "Joukahainen out of Cornflower" (I'm just playing on the colourway name).
Modifications: Alternating the skeins after every second round to spread out the pooling.
The next Winter can come! I feel very prepared for it now with all of my own hand-knit jumpers. ;-)
So, my third Joukuhainen is finished! This one took exactly a month to make, which is still saying something about my love for this pattern. It's just so easy and quick to knit. At one point or another though the stockinette in the round can get boring, but still, it's such a mindless knit that I can pick it up at any time I like.
Like my last Joukuhainen, I've also improvised some neck-shaping on this one, so that the crew neck wouldn't be so high up on my throat and so that I won't feel strangled while I'm wearing it.
I said the last time though that I didn't want a crew neck, but a round neck...but I changed my mind about it. I think that a crew neck is kind of flattering on me. I can wear the jumper alone without a shirt underneath or still I can wear it with a shirt underneath and look a bit more dressed up.
The cabled raglan decrease used in Joukahainen is simple but still is very elegant and it also adds an interesting look to the otherwise simple stockinette jumper, so that it is not all the way simple like normal raglan decrease with k2tog and ssk would do.
As for the yarn, what else do I need to say about Wollmeise Molly? The slight variegation in the colours is a characteristic of hand-dyed yarns...so alternating the skeins while knitting would prevent pooling and create a beautiful blending of the colours that could be used as a design element. This effect also adds an interesting look to the otherwise simple jumper like Joukahainen without making it too busy.
The yarn is already soft to the touch while you're knitting with it. However, it got even softer after washing and the drape of the fabric is just fantastic.
One thing about Molly though, the gauge of the yarn changes after washing...and this change can be quite considerable. So, if you're going to knit with Molly, make sure to knit a swatch and wash and let it dry.
The colour of the yarn - in this case, the colourway "Kornblume", which means "cornflower" - is absolutely beautiful and intense.
The colour is just so intense that I had trouble making a photo with the correct colour. So there were a lot of touch-ups involved, but at least I think I got the colour of the jumper correctly. ;-)
Well, that's all for this one. Hopefully, I will have more FOs to show you soon! Have a good start to the week, everyone!