Monday, 18 January 2016

Finch

We had a lovely weekend in London and with a few pennies in my pocket, I made a visit to Loop.

I came away with yarn mainly for knitting socks.


There's some Madelinetosh Sock in Neon Peach, Blue Moon Socks that Rock in Firecracker, a couple of balls of Lang Jawoll Sock yarn for some stranded socks and 2 hanks of Quince and Co Finch in Apricot. They kindly wound one of the Finch for me in the shop, so I could get started while I was in London. 



I started a Flax Light by Tin Can Knits. It's a super easy pattern and I whizzed through it. Ravelry project page.


I didn't do any modifications as such but I used the Estonian Cast-On at the neck - my tutorial for it is here


I used TechKnitter's Fake Tubular Cast-Off for the cuffs and the bottom edge. It's a really easy cast-off and gives an interesting finish. 


1 x 1 ribbing is not my favourite type of knitting, I really dislike the open knit stitch and I just feel like it doesn't look good. I worked the neck and the bottom as normal but on the cuffs I worked the ribbing with a combination purl and though it hasn't closed up the knit stitch, I do feel like it looks a bit neater.

The yarn is Quince and Co Finch and it was lovely to work. It has a lot of body to it and the stitch definition is superb - the garter stitch is really shown off well.

The jumper is for a friend and I don't know the sex of the baby, so I went with a unisex colour. Perhaps not the most baby friendly colour as it's stronger than some would prefer but I always knit what interests me. I wouldn't say I was a process knitter per se but I want to enjoy what I'm knitting and not be bored with a non-descript colour.

4 comments:

  1. And babies can see bright colors better! Did you use a smaller needle for the ribbing? That's the only way I can get it tight enough. Off to look at your Estonian Cast-on.

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    1. I used 4 sizes smaller for the ribbing than the body but you've made me think - the cardigan is designed with quite a loose gauge, so the needles are larger than normal. I used 2.75mm for the rib, so maybe a 2 or a 2.25mm would be better if I did it again.

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  2. Oooh such lovely yarn! I'm absolutely drooling over that Socks That Rock skein!!

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    1. Gorgeous, isn't it. They had lots of lovely colours but can't wait to knit with this one.

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