Last winter was unseasonably cold for Newcastle N.S.W. I decided to knit myself a warm jumper for this winter, just in case...
So I stashed some wool - I found a nice Alpaca Blend at Spotlight. It was not expensive at $4.99 a 50 gm ball, and was on sale for $3.99.
On the back of the ball of yarn you find information such as needle size needed to achieve a certain tension :
This patterns in this book are designed for a thick mohair. I had to juggle needle size until I could approximate the tension that was outlined in the book. That took a few attempts :).
I loved the cowl version:
But thought this large collar would swamp me. Also I only had 11 balls of yarn, and had no idea how much the front, back and sleeves would take. A cowl like this takes lots of yarn. So I settled on the roll neck version:
Unfortunately, when I cast the roll neck off, it was too tight for me - I redid it and tried to cast off very loosely indeed, but it was still just a bit tight.
So I made a modified cowl - and only knitted until the length of the roll neck, plus about two more rows so that the collar sat over the pick up stitches lines:
I think that looks fantastic, if I do say so myself :)
So, now I have a nice, new, lovely, warm jumper for winter. I have washed it and it has passed the wash test - it remains in shape, does not stretch, and dries quickly.
And cost - $39.99 for the yarn plus $6.99 for the needles. The book I already had and have used before.
So that makes $46.98 for a handknit jumper. Warmer than you would find in shops. I think that is great value - mind you, time and effort also need to be factored in!
So, finally I have a knitting success after a year or so of not quite getting it right. I think this was because I chose a style and a yarn that I know works for me, instead of trying to stretch the boundaries and make something a little different.
I can't wait to wear this - I'll have to make some trousers to go with it nearer our winter.
Bye for now,