Dad's sweater, almost done...

grandcarriage's picture

Here's the back...colour is a little off: It's more vibrant in real life.


stef's picture

It's looking great, can't

It's looking great, can't wait to see the finished product

stillday's picture

I like the color scheme you

I like the color scheme you used. Nice work! What kind of yard did you use?

grandcarriage's picture

LOL: That's a LOADED

LOL: That's a LOADED QUESTION! The cuffs and ribbing was done in Plymouth Encore Colorspun (25%wool/75% acryl)...The rest of it is mostly wool...I'd guess about 85%, and all said and done, there are approximately 50-60 different yarns, either used singly or combined to make a strand of worsted weight knitting...

It's surprisingly light... very comfortable to wear.

Asbjörn's picture

Wow, the moment of truth and

Wow, the moment of truth and it's spectacular. I especially like the alternating stripe direction from body to arms and even if the color is off, the colorway looks fantastic. The only question I have is "what on earth do you have left to do?" it already looks perfect. _____________________________

grandcarriage's picture

Very little left to do: I

Very little left to do: I have a rib collar to put in, and the zipper needs to be sewn in... Then washed and blocked...

Crafty Andy's picture

Visit Crafty Andy's Blog It

Visit Crafty Andy's Blog It looks fantastic!

grandcarriage's picture

What I am happiest about is

What I am happiest about is that I threw it on, unfinished, at a knit store, to check fit~fabrication, and it was so comfortable, that I forgot I had it on... and just spent the next hour knitting on something else... it feels wonderful, like a hug: Exactly how a handknit should feel.

VillageKnittiot's picture

Man! how many sweaters do

Man! how many sweaters do you churn out on average per year? I know you're a fast knitter... but geez!

Looks fantastic btw.

Do you just knit panels and serge or sew them together? What's the secret!?

grandcarriage's picture

I handknit the body

I handknit the body panels... and then did the shaping (set in sleeves, sleeve caps, and neck) on the sewing machine... I do all the finishing(sewing, etc) in the traditional manner~ by hand...In this case, it's mostly Kitchener stitched... AND steeked edges were hidden inside the ribbing base (p.u stitches on both inside and outside of garment..knit for both sides for a few rows, then knit front/back stitches together to hide steek and make for a more finished appearance. The sleeves were shaped as I knit (they took about 4-5 hours each by hand). On this one, I decided to add arm gussets for a little ease, but ended doing two sets, as the first set were too large, which I didn't know until I tried it on myself. The second ones are half the width and just about perfect.

Now that I've a design to work from, I could probably replicate it in a little less than a week if I didn't have to work for a living...

The fastest I ever did a handknit sweater was the pale green varigated mohair raglan with the X-O decrease cable...That took an entire weekend.

This one has been sitting unfinished (I just had one body panel done) for 2 YEARS. The goal is to send it and Mom's to them for Mother's day..