Thursday, October 04, 2007

Cobblestone

Due to the damp weather we've been having, Cobblestone took three days to dry! Even stuffed with plastic bags! I was starting to regret giving it a full soak when I arrived home today to a dry sweater. It was worth it to soak it, the garter stitch was a little lumpy pre-blocking.


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The boyfriend prefers his shirts to be close-fitting, so I made this sweater in the smallest size for his 36" chest. He has room to wear a shirt underneath, though he finds the Cascade 220 soft enough to wear next to his skin. Speaking of Cascade 220, I used only five complete balls and the tiniest bit of a sixth for this entire sweater. Not bad! I still have a complete ball and most of a leftover ball of this yarn, so I'm thinking of making a matching hat and possibly mittens. I'd do socks, but they wouldn't stand a chance. They'd be completed felted in no time flat.

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I love the garter detail on the sides. At first, I wasn't sold on it, but as I worked the body, it grew on me. I was actually surprised that I enjoyed the garter stitch so much! There's something so clean and streamlined about it. I don't know if I personally would wear a sweater entirely knit in garter stitch (it would be a little bulky!), but I do want to try to add some more of it to my projects.

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I mentioned in my last post that "third time's a charm." Well, this is the third sweater that I've knit for my boyfriend. The first one was way too big. It was my first ever adult sweater, and it took me about a year to finish it, during which time my tension kept changing. I knew nothing about seaming or finishing, and basically sewed the seams (with whipstitch), instead of weaving them together.
Here, check it out yourself!

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He still has this sweater. He wears it when it's totally freezing, at home. Oh, the kicker? It's 100% acrylic, baby. And not just acrylic, acrylic with aloe!

I don't have a photo of attempt number two. Let's just say it was not pretty. I did a ribbed raglan, and I knitted my fingers to the bone to get it finished in something like two weeks. Turns out, I stopped too soon. The term "belly shirt" comes to mind. That one I frogged (maybe I'll use the yarn for another Cobblestone).

Next on the needles? Some Sidewinders and that fabulous cabled turtleneck from the Fall VK!

14 comments:

Telmah said...

It's a great looking sweater! I agree the garter stitch gives just-enough detail. Congrats!

Adrienne said...

It looks AMAZING!!!!! Great job!

toya said...

wow,, its perfect

thebrownsheep said...

ooh, it looks really good, with a great fit--also, the perfect color for the drab weather we've been having (at least, here in DC)...

Marlena said...

Thanks everyone!
Parikha: It was also pretty dreary around here, though the sun has made an appearance now. It seems whenever I make something gray, the sky matches.

Alice said...

our flat has the *worst* problems with clothes drying in wet weather (it being london this means most of the year) so when I hand-wash I always roll the garment in a big towel and then sit on it for a while (this looks and feels funny, but is so worth it - works a treat) - just think of the wool as sheeps-hair, so why not dry it a bit like you do your own?

Cool sweater by the way!

Amy said...

Eeeeee, it's perfect! Congratulations!

(I think I need to size this down and knit one for Jacob.)

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It looks fantastic!!

Anna said...

Wow, it is perfect. I love the color and the fit. Congratulations.
My husband has one of the bad seamed acrylic sweaters too. He actually loves it and wears it (to my horror) to work where everybody already knows that it is the sweater I made for him and forbade him to wear in public.

KnitXcorE said...

holy s. that is the best looking cobblestone i've seen yet!!!! your guy is lucky.

Zarzuela said...

It looks awesome! The more I see this sweater, the more I like it.

Jessica

Octopus Knits said...

Wow - what a wonderful fit! I just love your Cobblestone (I'm going to have to convince my husband he wants a Cobblestone, too - he's not much of a sweater guy right now)!

Laine Meadows said...

Was that knit top down?

Marlena said...

Hi Laine! It's not top-down. The body is knit in the round and then split for front, back and sleeves. It's a fun knit!