Selfish Sweater Knitalong my cropped winter sweater

On boxing day I cast on my next knitting project – a sassy cropped winter sweater. Yet another design by Andi Satterlund. It is a cute colour blocked design. I wasnt in the mood for cabling thats why I choose something simple. The best part is is a free pattern! Can’t go wrong there ;-). I used my yarn of choice; Red Heart Aran which I bought online at a bargainous 99p per ball. Having used this yarn before on my Marion cardigan. I know how it handles being washed and dried – I am happy with its performance. It acrylic which suits me just fine. Plus the Marion acted as a gauge swatch.

We had a spot of sunny weather in the afternoon.
We had a spot of sunny weather in the afternoon.

 

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The instructions are very easy to follow.The only mistake I made was not reading the errata which I now know to be of importance. Basically errata is a list of corrected errors appended to a pattern. I sort of just rushed into casting on without following that sage advice of reading through the whole pattern before you start. Here is what happened with the armhole cast on and placement of the markers. I did about 50 rows of the sleeve cap and armhole but when I tried it on it looked weird. Like the back of the armhole was at the front (thank goodness I tried it on then otherwise I could have knitted to the end before realising something was wrong. Anyway I went back to look at the pattern and spent ages trying to figure out where I had gone wrong. To cut a long story short it was right at the bottom of the pattern and I was like DUH! So yes I unraveled it all  so I could begin picking up stitches again!

Neck edge
I bound off the neck in the main colour purple because I ran out of the brown! Looks good though.

I am most proud of my improved ability to pick up and knit stitches on the armholes and neck. Because I now know how to wrap it looks so much neater than my Marion cardigan.I struggled a bit with the colourwork but I got through it. The first colour work is uneven with long floats especially on the waist. By the time I got to the sleeve cuffs though I was much neater. For the sleeves I added a decrease repeat to get the length I wanted otherwise for the design they are just past the elbow. Another interesting thing I noticed was just how much gauge can change just by using different needles. For the first sleeve i used magic loop on 16 inch circulars. On the second sleeve I used the smaller 10 inch circulars and one sleeve is longer and wider than the other. Clearly I need to be consistent.

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A happy bunny in a me made outfit. I have worn that Hollyburn so many times!

Verdict.

I love it. Its a cute warm sweater to wear with my Hollyburn skirt. Since I am making more Hollyburns it will be well worn. It works well with jeans as well. It took me 5 weeks to complete it but it would much less if I knitted more often. I knitted this mostly on Fridays during our family movie nights. We have been watching the Pirates of the Carribbean films over the last 4 weeks ..so yes each time I put this on I instantly recall the “He is a Pirate” theme.

A fun easy to knit sweater. Now in to my next knitting project an Owlets sweater for my 5 yr old boy who has been begging me to make ‘yarn’ him something.

Happy knitting everyone and thanks for stopping by.

 

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A look back on 2014 Top 5 hits!

So there is this thing called the Top 5 of 2014 series by CraftingaRainbow called Top 5 Hits: What have you worn or loved the most?

Though I have only been sewing seriously since around April this year, my fledgling makes are very few, and yet I do feel like of the things I have made so far , here are my Top 5.

1. Moneta

My Moneta is the most worn of my makes. Making it was ok until I got to the clear elastic shirring! That put me off making it again (until I tried it again but using braided normal elastic and it was easy!) I need to lengthen the bodice by about an inch though. I love it and plan on making more. I have made a christmas Moneta in green velvet and its lush (will blog soon).

Collette Moneta v1
Collette Moneta v1

2. My winter Giselle. This was easy to make without any fastenings. The belts mean you can have a quick fitted look. Its very comfortable and goes well with boots!

Winter Giselle by Kate and Rose
Winter Giselle by Kate and Rose

3. My M6844 peplum cardigan. Stylish and swishy this gets worn a lot! With jeans, skirts, anything does really.

M6844 Peplum cardigan
M6844 Peplum cardigan

4. My Carme blouse. I love this so! Because I loved making it. Its a great pattern with an excellent video sew along.

Yeah!
Yeah!

5. My Marion Cardgan. Many mistakes and lessons learnt but this cardie has been worn on most days as the weather has gotten colder. It washes well and that’s fantastic for me!

Marion Cardigan by Andie Sutterland
Marion Cardigan by Andie Sutterland

That’s all for now! Back soon with my top 5 misses.
Hila
Hila

Here come the O W L S! Owlet sweaters for the Twinnage!

These cuties! Purple yarn is a Debie Bliss Cashmerino Aran and the grey is Red Heart Soft. It feels lovely and soft and of course its super wash.

Owlet 1Since my last knit (Marion cardigan) I have learnt to cast on for ribbing proper! It looks so much nicer than what I used to do before plus it is stretchy!.

I was a good girl and actually swatched using circular needles ;-). (Feel so grown up now).The gauge was perfect for the stitch gauge 18 stitch to 4 inches but the row gauge was 24 rows to 4inchs; pattern called for 28 rows to 4 inches. Went ahead anyway because the pattern instructions are to knit in inches so I figured I could get away with am imperfect row gauge using  my Size 5 needles. This is a Kate Davies pattern.

In hindsight,I should have just bought the same yarn in different colours for both jumpers rather than have to swatch twice! Lesson learnt!

The eyes are a coconut shell button that looks a lot lovelier than in the pictures.Owlet 3

New skills acquired ; Grafting underarm seams,Rib cast on and cast off.

Lovely thing is that they knitted up superfast and I was done in 2 weeks.Owlets 4

An observation on the wool though. Up till now I have not spent serious money on yarn and the Debbie Bliss has been the most expensive yarn so far. Oh my word though,…….Not all yarns are created equal is all I can say! It is so squishy, knits up beautifully ; made me finally get what “Stitch definition” means. Another lesson learnt. Although I will still be using the cheaper yarns while I am still a novice. I do look forward to when I can buy expensive yarn knowing that I can knit …..’like a BOSS!’

Ciao!

Hila

Marion Cardigan or 12 things I thought I knew about knitting but actually had no idea!

I literally  stumbled upon this Marion Cardigan KAL while reading another blog sidebar and thought why not? I had never been on a KAL before, the cardigan looked cute. It an Andi Sutterland design .The cropped waist appealed to me. BUT I wasnt willing to spend a lot of money on yarn for my first cardigan. So I searched online for a reasonably cheap yarn which led me to Red Heart Niki Aran in ruby. It is an acrylic wool mix which can be machine washed and dried (life is a lot easier for my garments if they can be machine washed; I have a beautiful Laura Ashley silk teadress that has been in laundry hamper for 6 months because it needs special care). Before getting into my rambles here are some pictures first OK?

You can really see how nice that rope is in black and white.
You can really see how nice that rope is in black and white.

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