OAL: Chuck

Alrighty!  Here we have my knitted piece for the Outfit Along.

The idea of the Outfit Along is that you sew and knit two pieces that go together.  I’m using the official sewalong pattern for the dress (Simplicity 1803) and was planing to make the knit pattern, the Myrna cardigan.

But… it’s winter here.  So after buying the pattern, I decided that maybe I should knit something more weather appropriate.  I’m cold most of the time at this time of year, because I have so few clothes suitable for winter, so it seemed a bit silly to knit a light cotton cardigan.

I’ve been eyeing off the Chuck Sweater, also from Andi Satterlund, for a couple of years now, so that became the knit to go with my pretty dress.chuck-frontI had a whole bunch of red wool yarn stashed from my first attempt at knitting an actual item of clothing a few years ago.  I changed my mind about the whole garment, so it’s just been sitting in my wardrobe for ages.  Time to finally use some of that stash!

I knit the size M with 8ply yarn and 5mm needles.

It turns out I'm pretty terrible at sitting on fences.

It turns out I’m pretty terrible at sitting on fences.

This knit up insanely fast.

Two main reasons for this:

1.  I’d put aside my Peacock eyes cardigan in 4ply yarn and 3.5mm needles in order to knit Chuck by the OAL due date.  Tiny yarn, tiny stitches – it’s  a project that is taking forever.  By comparison, I flew through Chuck.

2.  My family had just gotten the final season of How I Met Your Mother and binge watched it over 2 1/2 days.  And I knit the whole time.  Lots was done in those few days!

Confession: I made two mistakes in the front panel, resulting in some columns being too wide.  You can’t tell.  Or maybe you can now I’ve mentioned it.  Eh.  Whatever.back-chuck

I also wanted it a few inches longer, but because I prefer that length over full skirted dresses.  I measured it against other knits and it still turned out shorter than I’d hoped.  Live and learn!

Stay tuned for the rest of the outfit – spoiler: it contains a ludicrous novelty print.  Hurrah!

White Miette Beginnings

This was the very first article of clothing I knit.  I don’t tend to count it though, as I never actually looked at the pattern, just followed the verbal instructions Gran gave me.  It’s a beautiful alpaca-silk blend, so it’s super soft.  The knitting is also surprisingly well done, given my gumbie level of skill at the time.

original-vest

But, it’s just not my style.  I’ve left it vegetating in my wardrobe for about five years and haven’t worn it once.  Which is a shame, really.

I’ve had vague plans over the last few years about frogging it and making something new.  I have the vest, plus a 50g ball and a half of the yarn.  I decided I’d like to make another Miette cardigan.  Now, it’s been so long since I knit the vest that I really don’t remember how many balls of yarn I used.  But holding it up next to my blue Miette, it looks like I’ll probably have enough.  The Miette is cropped, where this vest isn’t, plus I have my extra ball and a half.  I think I’ll knit the sleeves simultaneously and maybe have them a little shorter than the pattern intended, if I must.

miette-collageI went through and frogged the vest yesterday.  I planned to put a movie on, pull apart the vest (which would surely only take 20 minutes or so) and then spend the rest of the movie knitting.  Um.  No.  It took me the entire movie, and then I still wasn’t done frogging.  I was, however, cursing my woven in ends.  Why did I do that so well?  I had to rewatch a couple of my favourite scenes before I was done.  Crazy!

Anyway!  I’m about halfway through the yoke and it’s going much more smoothly.  Except for the time I realised I was doing yarn overs wrong, so had to rip out all the lace around the neck, which I’d just finished.  It was good though, because it really wasn’t looking much like lace.

I really love knitting – I miss it when I don’t have a project on the go!