Sure enough, this is going to be the year of the embroidery and knitting is going to take the back seat. But that does not mean I will stop knitting entirely.
I thought this sweater a very fitting first project for the new year. It combines many things, stash busting, thrifty knitting, and fast sweater knitting, to name a few. A big part of it is already knit you see.
Some years ago, a neighbour gave me a bag with a half finished sweater, more that enough yarn to finish it and a pattern leaflet.
The bag lay untouched in my stash for quite some time. I once thought I might turn it into a skirt, then I was planning to make a pillow, but nothing came of it.
The pattern leaflet is an Icelandic one. It’s not dated, but an advert shows another magazine dated 1979, so that gives us an approximate age. The sweater itself is perhaps a little bit younger than the leaflet, but not very much.
The leaflet has 40 patterns, and they are almost all there. But one is missing and of course, that is the one I’m knitting.
But that is not much of a problem. Picking up the cable pattern proved very easy and figuring out the raglan sleeves should not be overly taxing either.
The sweater has been claimed by my girl. She wants it long and she wants to add a hood. That should be easy enough too.
The blue mark shows where I started knitting, and so far I have not seen any significant difference in tension.