I wanted to finish this pullover, by Joji Locatelli, before sitting in on one of her classes. Kind of like reading an author’s book before hearing them speak. It just happens that I recently won this pattern in a giveaway by the crazy-talented Elena of Elena Knits. So I did a late-night knitting cram session before we left for Fort Worth.
I finished the sleeves, two at a time, then I steam-blocked the lace body to make it wearable before we left. That left picking up stitches for the ribbed neckline on the drive. My hope was to start Veera Välimäki’s Twenty Ten and get partway through before attending her classes.
It’s good that I had a seven hour drive ahead of me. I re-did the neckline several times and still feel like it’s a bit high, though the fit in the arms is awesome. Amy Herzog’s Craftsy course has me totally paranoid of tops that give you a low bust. The clinical term is LowBustphobia, or maybe that’s the hashtag, I can’t remember. I can’t help but like this higher crew neck. It makes me think of raglan t-shirts I wore in my early twenties and teens. It also came out very similar to Isabel’s sweater, which I emulated with my modifications.
One caveat: I haven’t actually done a true wet blocking on this. It may be loose when I’m done and that may make a difference. But I’ll think about that tomorrow. Lets look at pictures of it while it fits perfectly, shall we?
I used a good basic yarn I’ve never tried before, Valley Yarns Northampton. I found it comparable to Wool of the Andes or Patons Classic in the way it knit up. I can see using this for sweater quantities in the future, especially when it’s on sale.
I got gauge with a size 3 needle. I’m still using only bamboo circulars, since realizing it helps me keep a consistent gauge, plus I opted for the much looser English knitting style, since it’s second nature to me. I needed no added distractions while working this heavily patterned pullover.
My mods followed Isabel’s, except that I switched from the lace pattern to the bottom 2×2 ribbing on row 5, I think. See below, where I realize my shoes match my sweater.
I wish I had a before and after of the steam blocking process. I think my husband wondered why I stayed up so late to finish knitting a drab, olive mess. That is, until he saw it blocked. That earned an audible “Wow!” I was a miracle worker… a tired, obsessive miracle worker.
I will talk about my classes with Joji and Veera next time. I came home to much busy-ness, a set wedding date for my daughter and her fiancé, tons of laundry, and the Holla Knits KAL 2015. I’m late casting on for it, too, so why not join me?
My other post on Dragonflies is here.