This is the Gerda Pullover from the pattern book “Simply Shetland 2”. It has a lovely blue, gray, white, green colourway of 8 colours. It is knitted on 3.25 mm circular needles with Jamieson 2 ply knitting wools which I sourced from Camilla Farms in Canada. The gauge is 32 stitches per 10 cm. I knitted it in the round and did steeks so there are no sewn seams. I also continued with my technique of holding both strands in the left hand and knitting continental fashion. I used this as an experimental project to test different ways of carrying unused colours up the underside of the garment. I couldn’t find anything that worked well so I went back to weaving the unused colour out and bringing it back when it was needed again. This is an easy pattern to hold in the memory (but, I am positive there is an error in the pattern for the collar), making it a quick knit. I recommend this as a good project for those beginning to do stranded knitting.
From the photo of me wearing it, it looks like two of me could fit into it. I weigh 10 stone 8 and this is a medium size jumper. I got spot on gauge when I was knitting but after blocking it on the woolly horse I got about 36 stitches to 10 cm. But, even that doesn’t account for the huge size. I’m wondering if anyone has experience with re-washing stranded knitting after the initial blocking. Does it need blocking again or does it keep flat? I’m thinking about washing it again and then trying it on to see if it fits better. But, I guess it’s not such a big deal as I only wear my knitted jumpers once and then they go into the cupboard.
The knitting wools for the next jumper should arrive any day so I can begin another fairisle jumper. While I wait, I’m knitting another pair of socks. Now, those I do wear!
Oh yes, I still can’t take good pics. The colours are warm and soft with the lovely green accent running though at intervals.
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