Knitting for the Fall: Voluta


Pattern:  Voluta, by Rachel Erin, from Twist Collective.

Yarn:  Cottage Craft 2-ply worsted weight wool yarn, in “sandstone.”  The yarn is scratchy and  rustic with many bits of vegetation to pick out.  It is not a heavy yarn, however, and I think it worked quite well with the pattern.

Modifications:  I did in fact mess around with the length of the jacket because I am a short woman.  It took some doing, but I did manage to shorten the bottom border-to-waist as well as the waist-to-shoulder lengths while preserving the cables (pat myself on the back).

Thoughts:  I am a sucker for cables, especially of the unusual sorts.  Rachel Erin did a wonderful job with the design and construction of this jacket.  I even like the idea of 3/4 sleeves — it will show off some of my chunky silver cuffs.

Knitting for the Winter: Bedford, Klimova, Levenwick

Pattern: Bedford, by Michele Wang; published in BT Fall 11, from Brooklyn Tweed.

Yarn: Woolen-spun, 2-ply sport weight Cormo wool from Elsa Wool Company, in undyed dark grey.  The 100% cormo is soft and itch-free for next-to-skin wear.

Modifications:  None, except for using lighter-weight wool.  I even kept the reverse stockinette for the sleeves, even though I generally dislike the look of it.  In retrospect, I should have knitted my usual size, but I thought since I was using sport weight instead of worsted weight wool, I needed to go up.  I used the directions for size 39, and after blocking, the bust measurement was … 39 inches.  Sigh.  I love the sweater, but it is a bit floppy on me.

Thoughts:  The stitch pattern results in a bias fabric which did not entirely block out.  I liked the simplicity of the pattern; it made for mindless knitting, but sometimes that is exactly what is needed.

Pattern:  Klimova, by Alison Green Will; from Twist Collective Winter 2010

Yarn:  Worsted weight merino wool from mmmm!Malabrigo, in “emerald blue.”

Modifications:  Made the usual adjustments for length, so ended up with less cable repeats.

Thoughts: I am not entirely happy with the unshaped funnel neck, but aside from that, it is a beautiful sweater.


Pattern: Levenwick, by Gudrun Johnston; in Wool People Vol. 1 Look Book, from Brooklyn Tweed

Yarn:  A worsted weight merino/silk yarn from Lambspun of Colorado, in sage.  It has bits of glitter spun in, but since I have recycled this yarn a few times, most of the glittery bits are gone.  

Modifications:  The fronts overlap  left-over-right instead of right-over-left, and I left off the bottom buttons because I thought the cardigan looked better without them.  I think I reduced the number of stitches in the left front because as written, with the buttons sewn on the button band, the front measurement would have been too generous.  No pocket, because it seemed a fussy addition.

Thoughts:  Not sure what went wrong, but the collar does not “stand up” correctly.  The button band should have been wider — it is rather flimsy as written.  I love the dyed purple wood buttons I found at Lambspun!

Knitting in the Summer: Paula


Pattern: Paula, by Fiona Ellis, from Twist Collective.

Yarn: Classic Elite Renaissance, a worsted weight, 100% wool yarn in color “lime infusion.”  A sturdy yarn with good stitch definition, and surprisingly, soft enough for next-to-skin wear.  Too bad it has been discontinued.

Modifications: Knitted the smallest size and ended up with finished bust measurement of 34″.  Sleeves were knitted in from top down and the caps shaped using short rows.

Thoughts: It is a well-written pattern, and the ridge stitch —  as well as the sleeve treatment — makes for an interesting sweater.  I also like the neckband construction; who would have thought stockinette stitch strong enough to support the cable portion of the collar!  Only quibble is with the circumference of the lower sleeves — too wide for my taste, but I appreciate the design details.

Henry James quote of the day, from “The Lesson of the Master,” 1892 :

It’s a great thing to have a wife who proves to one all the things one can do without.  One might never find them out for oneself.

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 🙂


Knitting: Wisteria, pattern by Kate Gilbert

Knitting: Wisteria, pattern by Kate Gilbert

Wow, a real knitting post.

The Wisteria sweater, by the gifted Kate Gilbert, published in the terrific on-line knitting magazine Twist Collective.

Yarn:  From my small hoard, a beautiful dk-sport weight  Lambspun of Colorado yarn, the store’s own Alpine Exotics line, a merino/alpaca/silk/cashmere blend in the color “blue spruce.”

Gauge: Why take the adventure out of knitting?

Size: Not sure, but it looks about right …

Modifications: Aside from yarn weight, also shortened sleeves, and did more dramatic hip-waist-bust shaping.  I knitted sleeves and non-patterned portions of body on straights …  Did I mention I really hate knitting in the round?

And in the end: a lovely, light-weight, warm sweater, just in time for summer.  Sigh.