September 20, 2004

Another one done

Done!

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I really like how this one turned out. It fits Mark well, and the pattern and colour suit him. He likes it, too — which is rather crucial! Here’s a view of it flat, for completeness’s sake. (Please excuse the poor framing and my sock in the lower right corner — it’s not easy trying to get a photo of the whole of a large men’s sweater!)

I feel that this sweater helped me progress a little with my finishing skills. Because of the pattern, with its horizontal and vertical lines, it was both very necessary and fairly easy to make the seams completely straight, since any deviation was very obvious. I’m rather proud of my mattress-stitch seams on this sweater, especially the attachment of the sleeve to the body, which I always find difficult. Just because I’m pleased with them, here’s the outside and the inside of the armhole sleeve.

This was my first time trying a pattern from Knitware, a sweater design programme, and I think it worked well. I’ll definitely be using it again, especially for Mark’s sweaters.

When I got to the point of doing the finishing work on this one, I must admit that I started a new project before I was done. I didn’t want to bring fiddly sewing to the SnB, so I cast on for my new project, the Cabaret Raglan from Interweave Knits Summer 2004 edition. I looked through all my magazines for a good project to use some more of my Turino Silk from Elann, and this seemed perfect. I’m really happy with the way it’s working up so far; this is the back:

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Here’s a closer shot of the fabric, with the garter detail at the bottom:

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The colour was named “Grape” and I love it… all the little tweedy flecks of red and blue give it lots of depth, I think.

So now I’m working on the front, and at this rate I’ll soon be done and ready to start the next cycle — probably with something else for Mark, either another sweater or a pair of socks.

Oh, if you’re interested, details about the recent FOs and current WIPs are in the sidebar.

Posted by Aven at September 20, 2004 04:05 PM
Comments

That is an AWESOME sweater. Nice seams too - sleeve seams are always the toughest.

Posted by: laura at September 20, 2004 06:07 PM

Marks sweater looks awesome!
See you Wednesday?

Posted by: Stephanie at September 20, 2004 06:28 PM

Gorgeous sweater a perfect fit. Isn’t it nice when you do a good job seaming? (Knitting is one thing, but sewing is quite another for me).

And I love the turino silk. can’t wait to see the FO.

Posted by: Step at September 20, 2004 07:55 PM

Mark’s sweater looks fantastic! And the way that the Turino Silk is knitting up is brilliant. Good choice on both accounts….love them!

Posted by: Jacqueline at September 21, 2004 07:17 AM

Mark’s sweater looks good. Great, great job.

I’m looking forward to seeing your sweater finished, I love that one.

Posted by: Lisa at September 21, 2004 10:22 AM

That Mark is one lucky boy! Is the Knitware programme software???

Posted by: Elizabeth at September 21, 2004 11:09 AM

Not one, but two gorgeous sweaters! Yowsa—you are cooking with gas, girl!

Can’t wait to see the Cabaret. I’ve been wanting to knit that one since I saw it this summer.

Posted by: Anita at September 21, 2004 09:07 PM

Beautiful sweaters! Love them both!!!

Posted by: mmj at September 22, 2004 02:16 PM

Marks sweater looks great. I love the colour of your sweater in progress.

Posted by: Paula at September 22, 2004 05:40 PM