December 17, 2013
I started drumcarding and spinning this fiber WAYYYYY back during the 2012 Tour de Fleece - here is a quick recap of that process... (more details here)
the ingredients for each little battling
carded on my Louet Junior into these cute battlings
then spun into 20 ounces (1091 yards) of thick soft cushy 3 ply yarn
and then it took me over a year to finally knit this highly wearable and beautiful open front cardigan...
I never button cardigans, so this open front pattern is perfect for me - I've been wearing it in the house all day for the past week (our house is quite cool!)
Pattern: Metro by Connie Chang Chinchio
I love the construction of this sweater - the body is knit from the bottom up in one piece (with a fake slip-stitched seam) and then the sleeves are picked up and worked down from the top using short-rows to shape the sleeve cap - no need to set in the sleeves at the end - when the sleeves are done the sweater is done - well, not quite - then you knit the left and right collar bands (which are shaped with short-rows at the back of the neck) and kitchener them together before attaching the very cool collar - DONE!
Such a beautiful collar transforms from the front cable/rib bands - her patterns are flawless. Can you see the grafting? It was a challenge to kitchener the ribbing!
Anastasia likes it :)
Brrrrrr - brave northern chickens - it was -3 degrees this morning (no extra light or heat) and they seem just fine :))