As always, I have spectacular timing. Just as we're gearing up for barbecues and Pimms, I finish and block my chunky weight winter sweater!
The pattern is Hickory by one of my favourite sweater designers, Cecily Glowik Macdonald The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky which is now discontinued and I have to say while it's hardwearing, I'm not over the moon about the self imploding/ knotty balls they were wound into- nightmare! I harvested this chunky weight from my first ever sweater. The pattern was called Nati and you basically knit a giant cross with a hole in the middle to put your neck through and stitched up the sides. I thought this was ideal till I actually wore it and realised that it was too short in length and the sleeves were totally impractical.
I realised this only got worn round the house on snow days. Not exactly getting an outing was it? So I pondered the best solution. It either had to be a chunky weight jacket with long sleeves I wore as a coat or a sleeveless number for cold days over tees and under coats. With not enough yardage for the first, I selected Hickory and got to swatching.
The biggest challenge for me with this sweater was actually the reverse stockinette the original pattern calls for. That was the first modification I made as my tension when I purl and ability to tolerate that much purl just made that a no go. I got gauge and dropped a boundary line of purls along the lace sections to make them pop a little more. I tried it on as I went and opted for a snugger fit as I wanted this under coats rather than a little boxier as shown in the pattern pages.
I can see me getting much more use out of this now. I even had some leftovers to make a chunky weight hat but I might be a little fed up with knitting brown and the weather is getting warmer which mean I'm contemplating shawls again. I do think I could get into chunky sweater knits though, particularly with a simple lace to break it up, add interest but still be nice and speedy!
You can see more details here on my Ravelry page.
What have you finished lately?