Oh my god, I can hardly believe that I have finally finished knitting this beautiful beast. Amazingly, we have recently been having perfect weather for Opposite Pole, which is more of a coat than a cardigan. You are basically wearing a sheep. It’s been keeping me toasty when it’s 10C and windy. Without further ado, here is the back.
I’m really enjoying wearing OP. I was waiting for a nice clear day to try and get some decent pics but it appears that it will never be sunny in the UK again so I gave up and grabbed a couple of snaps this week.
I think the wool is going to get a bit bobbly so glad to have these pics while it still looks good. The only thing I’m not happy about is that I stretched the cardigan out a bit too much when I was blocking it. Incidentally, the blocking was so hard! When I finally get around to washing OP, I will try to encourage it to shrink back down.
Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool
Pattern: Opposite Pole (link to Ravelry)
Man, this cardigan involved way more knitting than I anticipated! It is fairly chunky yarn but it’s also a lot of fabric. I’ve finally finished the circle, so if I wanted I could stop knitting here and have a rather snazzy gilet.
This is what the cardigan looks laid flat, and here is a link to yet another GIF showing how I constructed this garment.
Cool, eh? The only thing I’m unhappy with is the join between the two sides of the circular section. I spent ages grafting them together but the graft creates a ridge of reverse stocking stitch among the main garter pattern. See?
Okay, maybe it’s only super obvious to my perfectionistic eye. The green and yellow threads are lifelines in case I figure out a way to invisibly join garter stitch, and want to spend another two hours seaming. The real problem is the wrong side of the cardi, where you can see a ridge of stocking stitch that I find quite upsetting.
Craziness aside, I have just picked up stitches around the armhole and am working the first sleeve. I would love to have this cardi finished by the weekend, but that is nigh on impossible, especially as I cast on a new pair of gloves on Sunday to give me a break from the large projects I’ve been working on since September.
PS If anyone is concerned that my badass trainers are an indication of delusions of coolness, I have been reliably informed that any potential street cred I could garner from wearing them is nullified by what I had embroidered on to them.
I’m rather pleased with these cute cabled owl cuffs, my first knit of the new year. The pattern is available for free here.
I made them using some lovely chunky yarn from Wool and the Gang. They’re nice and soft and quite a quick knit on Size 6 needles. Because I only had a circular in this size, I had to use the magic loop method. I find it cumbersome and annoying but the gloves came out nicely. Another GIF here.
Blue Ivy is still coming along. This week I finished the first sleeve- which I did knit full length- and cast on the second last night. Schoodic, my base cardi, is constructed in an interesting way I’ve not come across before so joining it all together will be interesting.