Knitting in the Fall: Winter Wonderland

Coral Wonderland

Coral Wonderland

Pattern: Winter Wonderland, from Inspired to Knit: Creating Exquisite Handknits, by Michele Rose Orne.

Yarn: Beaverslide Yarn, 100% lambswool in color “coralbells.”  The yarn was recycled from Sylvi.  I just could not make Sylvi work — the back was fabulous, but all those appliqued flowers really weighed down the back panel so that it always drooped lower than the front and prevented the the neck and shoulders from sitting correctly on the body.  It will probably never happen, but if by some miracle I knit Sylvi again as a dress, I would bring the shoulder line to the front, make the collar either a mock or true turtleneck, and make the body fitted on top.

Modifications: Not that many, most of them related to sizing issues for a short woman.  The major one was picking up and knitting the set-in sleeves from the top down, which required some reworking of the lace pattern.  I also didn’t feel like making buttonholes, hence the Norwegian clasps, which were recycled from some other project.

Thoughts: Sweater coats are hard to wear, and coral is a difficult color.  And that’s why I knitted this!  🙂  What can I say — I am a process knitter, which explains why I had absolutely no problem frogging Sylvi.  Michele Rose Orne designed a beautiful coat; the only complaint I have is that the cable placement in the skirt can be problematic for those broad in the beam.  Impractical it may be, but what a show-off piece!

Knitting for the Winter: Sylvi, Frost Jacket

Sylvi, by Mari Muinonen

Sylvi, by Mari Muinonen

Pattern: Sylvi, by Mari Muinonen, from Twist Collective (Winter, 2008).

Yarn: Beaverslide Yarn, 100% lambswool in color “coralbells.”

Modifications:  I didn’t want a coat, because I would never wear it, but I thought a short-sleeved tunic (with a long-sleeved shirt under) would be great for wearing inside the house in the winter, when I tend to have the temperature set around 60 degrees.

Because the yarn is lighter-weight than specified, I reworked the chart vertically so that the pattern wouldn’t be compressed.  I ended up casting on the number of stitches for the largest size; in retrospect I probably could have knitted the next size down and still have a fairly roomy sweater.  Oh well.

I also didn’t like the seed stitch background — too busy, I thought — so the background is stockinette, with borders in seed stitch.  The front is plain except for one small vine-with-flower on the lower right.

What is so great: What a terrific way to exit a room!

Frost Jacket, by Norah Gaughan

Frost Jacket, by Norah Gaughan

Pattern:  OK, so it’s no longer a jacket …  Tunic/dress modified from Frost Jacket, from Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan.

Yarn:    Three years ago I discovered the joys of Webs; this heavily-discounted Araucania yarn was among my first purchases from them.  For some reason I had decided that I would expand my color palette into pinks, after having avoided the color for the last 45 years or so …  This is the third incarnation of this particular Araucania Nature Wool yarn.  While it has held up well, it probably shouldn’t be resurrected again.

Modifications:  Araucania Nature Wool is NOT a worsted weight yarn, despite what the manufacturer proclaims.  It knits up closer to a DK yarn, so I think I knitted as though for a size L.  The sleeves came out a little tight, hence the open split at the cuff end.

What is so great:  I love fractals 🙂