Here’s what I was doing during our winter last year. A pullover knitted from the top down, in the round. It has just come out in The Knitter, Issue 28.
The inspiration was Mongolian Nomad, and I imagined this as something made from home spun with little accents of embroidery inspired by flowers of the desert. The closet thing to home spun for those of us who don’t spin our own is Manos Wool Clasica, which I used here. I love the thick and thin surprises and the subtle variegation of the solids, which are kettle dyed by hand.
Even if you don’t subscribe to The Knitter, you can buy single issues on their website and here’s something I recently discovered, thanks to Rachel, a helpful customer: you can buy singles issues as downloads, here.
How customer friendly! It even provides the price in your home currency.
Top Down. It’s so handy to be able to try a garment as you go, and have flexibility with the fit and length. It’s pleasing in a way that has nothing to do with never having to work a purl row which you do have to do sometimes anyway, even in the round. If you’re working garter stitch, for example. I’ve never seen anything wrong with purling. That said, my tension is definitely looser on purl rows. My Mum confessed late in her knitting life that she always used a smaller needle on the purl rows and I do this myself if I remember to. If I forget, I notice the difference and usually have to unravel.
Wildflowers is slightly flared in the torso, and has this inverted pleat at back for an extra bit of swing.
Always on the hunt for strange and wonderful knitted things, I recently saw this balaclava. It’s cut and sewn knitted fabric but I’m betting it won’t be long before a hand knitter makes one….
I also discovered Yarnivore recently. Love those pills.
Yarn is a drug, but a healthy one.