I really needed this. It’s Black Swan by Tara Shade and it was the thing that took my mind off of a holiday flu/ migraine bummer. Big needles are like my grandmother’s chicken soup: complete comfort food.
Using size 17s, this thing was done within a few episodes of Dr. Who. I watched to the point where Donna left the show, which was another bummer, but looky! I have a mini sweater!
At first, I thought I might want to hold a strand of wortsed weight yarn in another color with the black thick and thin yarn I got from a thrift store sweater, see the sampler below.
I finally decided to just hold two strands of the black together and I’m glad I did. It only requires 110- 170 yds of bulky yarn and since most knitters have a few balls of Lion Brand Thick and Quick or something laying around, there is no reason not to make it. This could be a last minute, Christmas Eve gift.
My mods: I actually made this once, but felt like it was a little baggy in back for me, so I ripped it back and reknit it casting on 26 stitches for each side. I also bound off 3 stitches instead of 4 for the first bind off row on each side of the neckline.
I love the split collar. (I’m not sure if that’s what you’d call it.) I think I’ll do another in a different shade and using only one strand of bulky yarn.
I was knitting this with the Holla Knits group on Ravelry, but I felt all yuck and needed some instant gratification, so I skipped ahead and finished. Check out the others’ Swans too.
And if you’re interested, only if you’re really, really interested – Top 20 Donna Noble moments.