Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Make Nine Update: South Bay Sweaters

Since my last post, lo these many months ago, I have been quietly working away behind the scenes on my Make Nine projects.  First up is a new favourite: the South Bay Sweater.  The simplicity of the stockinette and garter stitches caught my attention and rebooted my love of simple knits. 

It is an engaging knit, and, like the So Faded Sweater, the project starts out knitting short rows flat to build up the back and front necklines and then it's joined in the round from that point on.  The simple garter panel and lovely gathers are two of my favourite features.  If you're new to knitting and are looking for a first sweater project, I highly recommend this one. 

I knit a size 37 and started the side increases 1" from the underarm; working two more than the pattern called for to get the shape I wanted.  I knit the sleeves bracelet length instead of three quarter, as well as knitting the cowl deeper so I could fold it over.  I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Papaya Heather, which is one of my favourite colourways, and took advantage of their $1.99/ball sale to get myself a double sweater quantity.

I loved the pattern so much that I knit one for my daughter an another one for myself.  I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Sugar Plum for her sweater. 

My daughter is at the age where she fits in the small end of women's sizing and that makes it easier when she wants me to make her similar garments to ones I have made for me.  I used to be able to knit on the fly for her; essentially making an adult pattern fit a child's body, but since the cognitive junk that goes along with auto immune disease has significantly increased over the past year, I can't do that anymore.  It's also making blogging more difficult, which is why I'm here infrequently.  Despite that, it is so nice to be able to use an existing pattern and simply knit the size that will fit her.  Yay for small victories!

My second sweater is knit as the first (size 37 with modifications as above) and I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Marine Heather.  It was my first time using this yarn and I'm smitten.  It's so soft, the colours are rich, and I really like the tweedy neps.  I already have a cardigan planned using North Pole Heather.

Despite being a crafting turtle (sewing is still physically demanding for me), I have managed to finish 3 projects from my Make Nine list, including a navy wool Fen Dress, and a yellow striped Renfrew Top.

How are you coming along on your Make Nine list?  

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