Monday, February 11, 2019

Strathcona Sweater from Good Day, Night


This is the second sweater I made from my Make Nine plans for 2019. It's a mash-up between the Strathcona and Moosonee patterns from Tara-Lynn Morrison's Good Night, Day pattern book


Some of the stitches are stretched out a bit, but they may even out when I block it. 


How I combined the Strathcona and Moosonee: the construction is the same for the main part of both sweaters. I used the shorter collar from the Strathcona but lengthened the hem's ribbing like the Moosonee. 


I also made the sleeves a little more balloon-y like the Moosonee. I wanted them to be more balloonish but I ran out of yarn. I literally tied together scraps at the end to finish the sleeve hems. 



This is the Crazy Sexy Wool from Wool and The Gang, in Cameo Rose. It's great to work with, feels nice to knit and to wear. It doesn't split apart or tear. It's a little bit thicker than the roving I get from Bluprint

I love these chunky, minimalist sweaters. They work up so fast, it's super satisfying. I think they are really cute. I still need a coat with big, loose armholes and sleeves to wear over them. Have any pattern suggestions?












Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Carlisle Cardigan from Good Night, Day

I've fallen hard for the chunky sweater designs of Tara-Lynn Morrison. I bought the ebook, Good Night, Day, from Ravelry. You can also get a paper book from her website




The first one I knitted was the Carlisle Cardigan. I used Cloudborn Highland Roving in Ecru, and I also held a strand of  Madeline Tosh chunky yarn in the colorway Cosmic Wonder Dust. It adds some cute multi-colored speckles. And I added in a few streaks of hot pink to brighten it up even more.



That roving is really nice! It's super cushy, it doesn't pill while knitting, and it doesn't fall apart. It's not scratchy at all. It is quite affordable compared to other super chunky yarns, and they have 28 colors. 

I actually knit this one on the wrong sized needles. I had ordered size 19 circulars through Amazon.com and when they arrived, I dove right in. As the sweater grew, I felt very crowded on the needles and checked the length. There was a sticker over the label, and after peeling it off, I saw that they were the recommended length, but I discovered that I had received and knitted with size 17. Visually comparing to the next sweater I knitted, using size 19 needles, the stitches are quite a bit smaller (I also used a different brand of super chunky yarn). But I like the way it fits, so I won't re-knit it or anything. 






The pattern recommends using 24" circular needles, but I suggest using longer ones. It makes it a lot easier to work with the thick fabric (you can use the magic loop method around the neck and until the body is large enough around to use the whole length of the cord). 



Once you get started, you might get hooked, like I did. I have made a few Good Day, Night sweaters so far and I have one more in mind. They come together so quickly, don't need much fitting at all, and I love the way they look. It is really easy to customize them, and to mix and match the elements of different patterns. 


The only problem is they don't fit very well under my coats. Maybe I should look into sewing a coat with big, loose sleeves...