The Aran sweater and only the Aran sweater

I’ve continued to exclusively work on my partner’s Aran sweater, which is from a very nice out-of-print pattern. When you only work on one project and never get distracted to knit something else, the one project gets finished faster. It’s an amazing miracle.

So, since I have remained faithful to the one project, the front and back of this pullover are completed and I have knit the shoulders together.

I am not following the directions for finishing as written in the pattern – as with most patterns in which the knitter is asked to knit various pieces flat and sew them together. I didn’t bind off any shoulder stitches when I finished each piece nor did I bind off the neck stitches on the back piece. Quite naturally, I followed all directions for binding off stitches on the front neck for proper shaping (naturally!). When I finished the front and back I counted up the number of shoulder stitches for the front as indicated in the pattern and then just used the handy three-needle bind-off for each shoulder. Easy. When it comes time to knit the collar I’ll pick up the few stitches that were bound off and decreased for shaping and put the rest of the live stitches on the needles with them.

I’ve started a sleeve, too.

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If I have time, I can get this sleeve done by the end of the week and start the other one.

How have I managed to only focus on this sweater and not get distracted? I have two secrets: 1) a wearer who lets me know he wants his sweater finished sooner than later; 2) when I get it done I won’t have to knit on it anymore!

 

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Monogamous knitting

I’m zipping along on José’s aran sweater. I can’t believe I only started this two weeks ago! The back is done already and I’m working my way up the front. Fellow knitters, this is what happens when you only work on one project!

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As I’ve said before, this pattern is from an out-of-print book.

SAL Update for “Pandora’s Box” no progress!

Welcome to yet another post for the SAL. I haven’t been working on my project. It looks exactly the same as last time, see?

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The reason why I haven’t touched “Pandora’s Box” — if you have a dirty mind, go ahead! laugh! — is because I have been feverishly knitting José’s sweater. I’ll be updating on the sweater status soon enough in another blog post. I’ve devoted my crafting time exclusively to this sweater because the yarn is DK and the pattern is cabled, which means it isn’t a fast project to work up. The wearer, who is my darling husband, is handsome, loving, and very impatient about getting his handmade sweaters ASAP. I honestly do not mind this attitude of his because it means he’s enthusiastic about the sweaters I make for him. He wears them and is always excited about getting a new one. If he catches me cross stitching he’ll be like, “What about my sweater?” Anyway, “Pandora’s Box” is on hold and I am just a knitter and nothing more for the time being!

Just because I’m being a cross-stitching slacker does not mean my SAL friends should be ignored. Please go to their blogs and see what they’re working on. There are many beautiful projects being made all around the world!

Finished for a friend’s birthday

Well, I have another finished object for Friday. This is quite something! I knit a hat for a friend who celebrated her birthday this week. She is a non-knitter but very deserving of handmade gifts. I used a leftover skein of Rowan Pure Wool Superwash I had in my stash. The pattern I followed is called “Skelter.” This product may seem overpriced. I still remember the thought process I went through a couple years ago when I considered buying it. I was hesitant and thought about it for maybe a week before I finally broke down and let go of my money.

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I’ll definitely make more of these hats in the future, so I suppose I’ll get my money’s worth out of it. I’m sort of feeling guilty because I bought the pattern so long ago and hadn’t bothered to use it until now! But, maybe I can feel less guilty today and in the future. Besides, it’s a great pattern for using a spare skein of worsted weight yarn that you’ve got lying around.

Also, to give the designer some credit, it’s a solid pattern. The instructions are clear and assume the knitter is totally ignorant about everything, including how to make a pompom on the cheap. I used my pompom maker to make my pompom, but you don’t need one to make one. Another thing I like about “Skelter” is the way the decreases are incorporated into the main stitch pattern. As you can see in the photo, the cables gradually slim down all the way up the crown.

In progress: “Aran Pullover”

I’ve cast on and been working on the “Aran Pullover” from the out-of-print book Knitting with Balls.

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I don’t think the book this pattern is in deserves to be out-of-print! It’s a shame, but life goes on. At least I got the book way back in The Pleistocene when it was in print. I actually wanted to review it, but decided not to bother since it’s difficult to buy nowadays.

Another wish I have: The pattern title needs to be less generic. It’s a very classic cabled look and it’s actually really easy and the whole thing is quickly memorized. I hardly need to look at the charts anymore and I’ve only finished about 47 rows. I would have called it “Looks Hard, Knits Easily .”

This is one of my generous knitting projects. The sweater will be for my partner, not me. Neither of us needs another sweater, but who cares?

Blue crochet sweater FO

It only took me two weeks to crochet my blue cotton sweater. I made it up as I went along, starting at the top and stitching downward.bluecrocweater1

This sweater is a little weird because it has three different types of edges. The cuffs at the end of the sleeves are done in what is called “crochet ribbing” which, in reality, is a fake rib. It doesn’t stretch much. You have to make it sideways, alternating rows with slip stitches and single crochets. The bottom of the sweater’s body has no edging at all. I didn’t care for using anything “fancy” because I wanted it to flare out a little at the hips. The collar is just several rounds of single crochet, with a gradual decrease to raise the yoke up around my armpits and shoulders.

The yarn is cotton, so it will be fantastic for autumn or spring weather. The color is good for khakis or jeans as a “wardrobe pairing.” It’s kind of see-through, because of the rows of double crochet, but wearing a darker colored tee under it distracts the eye from noticing that aspect of it.

I haven’t blocked it yet, and still, it doesn’t look too shabby!

 

SAL Update for “Pandora’s Box” with beads

There isn’t too much progress to report on the “Pandora’s Box” blackwork sampler, although there is some to see and talk about. Mostly, time has been devoted to beads because the next square to work on needed beads incorporated into its all-over stitch pattern. This also meant decisions needed to be made. I hadn’t planned on what color beads I was going to use for the project because I wanted to wait and see how different ones would look. The pattern calls for Mill Hill “Old Gold.” In the end, I opted for a more brightly sparkling gold bead from my stash.

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