Unraveled Wednesday: The Sweater Sampler Grand Finale

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This week for Unraveled Wednesday…

The Sweater Sampler is finished! Doesn’t it look like something from a Dr. Seuss book?

sweater sampler

YAY. The ending included four different cast off techniques, including lace, ribbed, hemmed and I cord, which was way cool because I’ve never tried casting off in I cord and I can think of a dozen things it would be great for. Knitting the “belt” was new, too. I put in the button hole for it but didn’t waste a button and just tied it on.
I did not try the afterthought pocket. I don’t like pockets on my knits, but I can go back and try this later if I need to. After all, it’s supposed to be afterthought. Might as well make it a way-later afterthought.

I’m so glad I made this sampler. It took less than 2 weeks of knitting, and since I put in only a few minutes a day it’s possible that an avid knitter could knock one out in a day or two. But I learned a LOT. Cable cast on, I-cord cast off, how my ribbing “fits”, and how to knit 2 colors with one in each hand…all of these are techniques I can see myself using in the future. 5 stars!

The next step was to knit the gauge swatch for the sweater itself. I have a ton of Wool of the Andes that I bought to make a blanket. But I’ve decided to use it for this sweater instead. The soft green color, called Bamboo Heather, reminds me of the Roan Highlands. It would look good knitted up into a cable pattern.
But I am restraining myself from trying a fancy stitch pattern for this sweater. This is supposed to be a lesson on how to make a sweater in the round using general techniques, not a fixed pattern. I really need to do it by the book the first time. Really. I will. HONEST!


The next one can have a fancy stitch pattern.

My “First” Shawl

Due to some experience with hand strain I have a habit of having two to three things on the needles at the same time. So to balance the new sweater, which will be worked with size 7 needles and worsted weight yarn, I’m thinking of starting a fingering-weight shawl at the same time. I have a pile of Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud yarn that I bought last year with the intention of making a hat and mitts. Four skeins of a muted gold and four skeins of an eggplant color.But after seeing what Diana McFall did with Sister’s Waiting For Rain , I thought I’d try a shawl. Sylvia McFadden sells the pattern for $7.50CAD on Ravelry.

What I really liked about Diana’s version is the contrast in the colorways. She used the light color for the lace sections. I also liked her stripe pattern. It struck me as a shawl that could be worn with jeans. Something I could wear while watching a football game, for example.

As for the “first” part…it’s not really. I knitted a prayer shawl out of Noro silk blend yarn before shawls were trendy. It was nice but a bit on the scratchy side and I probably wore it twice before I gave it away. I felt like I had to dress up to wear it. And I don’t dress up very often. That was….hmmmm….25 years ago? I haven’t knitted a shawl since. 

Until now.

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