I did not think I would knit anything for FESA2014, never mind finish anything in such a short time, but all those lovely knits on Outlander are firing my knitting brain into overdrive!It started when Meg pinned this great wooly item. I immediately fell in love with the concept and headed over to Ravelry to sort out logistics in my head. It was this photo that cemented my plan for me. It's simple and I think it has big impact. Most importantly, it's warm!! Winter gets freezing here and I need to keep my core warm. This wooly lady will certainly do that for me, and more.
I used some sport weight Wool of the Andes from my stash and knit with the strands held double. I used 5mm needles for the body and cast on enough stitches for a boxy fit. I wear a lot of layers in the winter and I wanted Clementine to be able to accommodate these easily. I cannot tell you how pleased I am with the end result!
I made sure to stop and stretch a lot during this knit as I do not want to re-injure my shoulder. The yarn held double and big needles helped this to be a really quick knit, which was also a kindness to myself. I love the vaguely 80's cropped sweater look!
The 'lace' in the body and sleeves is just simple knit and purl and eyelet stitches. I did originally have it in the cowl, too, but ripped it back as it didn't look right. I have one precious skein of pure angora in my stash and added it to finish the cowl. I can freely admit I was scared to death to wet block this as I didn't want to destroy the fluffiness of the angora, but it turned out really well.
Now, if it would only cool down enough for me to wear this!!