Monday, December 12, 2011

Cast off, year's end

I've cast off a couple of important knits. First, a sweater-

This sweater, the Equinox Yoke pullover from the Fall 2006 issue of Interweave Knits, is important to me not only because it represents the culmination of years spent admiring the design and yet more years spent accumulating the appropriate colors of Misti Alpaca worsted (aka baby alpaca), but also because it is a milestone for me in pattern modification. Having finished it, I feel like the poor woman on the soup commercial, vainly exclaming "It fits!" to an unconcerned listener. Alas, it doesn't have the impact of the original, which plainly didn't fit the model. That sweater was slouchy, slumpy and oh-so boho. It had style and impact. No wonder it was the cover shot. Unfortunately, it was also, as verified by many of the projects on Ravelry, unwearable, at least if you wanted to lift your arms.

Thanks to the collective wisdom of the more than one hundred Ravelry projects for this sweater, I re-engineered the fit and the form, largely relying on Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage system for yoke sweaters. The result is a shorter yoke that brings the armscyes up where they belong, as evidenced below.

Again, I exclaim: It fits! Yet one more benefit of this knit is that I found another old gem of a pattern right next to it in the magazine and am now happily knitting Evelyn Clark's Swallowtail Shawl, in Carmen, a wonderful cashmere from Saffron Dyeworks. I had begun another project in this yarn months ago, only to rip it out once I realized that a mere 400 yards is not nearly enough for a shawl. Now, I see that this pattern relys on just about that amount. Maybe I will have enough. If not, I have the leftover alpaca from my second Mathematix to fill in. Either way, I hope to have it finished for Christmas, along with a Christmas-themed dishtowel.

Another Christmas knit has been delivered and approved.

I won't really brag on these, except to say that I'm enormously happy that they are done. Knitting the inner sock that lines them, then struggling through the intarsia circles, adding heels, then sewing the sock top onto the soles altogether wore out my enthusiasm for this project. I have another pair of soles to make myself some slippers, but I can't face them (not a referral to the construction).

Instead, I'm back to working on those holiday-inspired projects. I hope I finish them before Santa arrives. I hear the bells jingling--I'd better get to knitting!

Related Links:

My Equinox on Ravelry

For the skeptics, the Ravelry page for those slippers. Mine really is the only project!


Laura said...

Your Equinox is gorgeous. And aren't the project notes on Ravelry the best?

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous sweater! I have to admit, I love those slippers so much I'm considering becoming the 2nd project. I totally think I might NEED them.

Kristen said...

Fantastic Equinox and wonderful job making it fit!

Affiknitty said...

I'm catching up on commenting here. . .
Congrats on finishing your Equinox Yoke. Your modifications clearly worked and your post makes me want to knit it again. I never wear mine because it doesn't really fit. I will return to your notes if I get up the gumption to give it a second try. For now I just have to mark it up as a learning experience
Yours is really beautiful! Happy new year!