Friday, 27 February 2015

Sweaters old and new.
I finished the warm blue sweater, and now have crocheter's remorse, as I find it too warm and close fitting. It makes me feel like a sausage roll, hot and tightly wrapped. I will try to flog it to a daughter!

 Making progress.
Blocking, don't forget blocking!
Well I can still add a ribbed bit along the 
bottom, if someone wants one.

Crocheting the sweater reminded me that I had done this before. Long, long ago. In the 1980s in fact as attested to by the '80s hair on the pattern models!
I also still have the sweaters. I may be able to send to thrift stores clothes I bought when they are  no longer used, but not so for things I made.

 This is actually knitted, and I don't knit! it is almost entirely in garter stitch, I may have had to get help for the neck and edge ribbing as purl and I do not get along.

 These 2 are crochet. When I did the pink one I was not listening to the dictum that the more complicated the stitch, the plainer the yarn. It is very slubby cotton blend yarn and it was fussy to crochet. It also now has a small hole where the very fine part of the yarn broke, so needs repairs.

 The aqua one is better because it looks very complicated, but when I finally found the pattern it is just half-double crochet done sideways. I couldn't believe at first, looking at it that it was such a simple stitch.

Here again knitting took over, again garter stitch, with crochet neckline. The cotton yarn is too heavy for the stitches and this one tends to drag down.

Now this is a triumph of knitting skill. And I did not do it!

Because wool makes me itch, this is almost entirely cotton, with bits of other fibres. My mother knitted this for me, also in the '80s. Each colour row is a different stitch. I would like to find this pattern and try to convert it to crochet!

In a very simple way I am now working on a second sweater. Inspired by the multi yarn one above.  This time with "cotton blend" no idea what it is blended with!

These were in the "value" bin at a discount store, in bags of three balls, each bag one pound.

I tried the yarn on hats, and it seemed OK so I bought one more and started a sweater.

This is intended as a summer evening type sweater. Each colour stripe is also a different stitch. I hate weaving in ends so I am carrying them up the side, they will have to disappear into the seam.
I had a couple of patterns that I liked the shape of, but when I tried a big swatch of each stitch,  I did not like it. ( I am learning, slowly!) So I invented my own pattern stitch combinations, and am using an approximation of the pieces. Basically this is going to be 4 rectangles. More as it happens!

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