I have posted before about the book on the left of this picture but I haven’t talked about the one on the right.When I was working out how to do the skull jumper for my daughter I realised that I didn’t really have enough knowledge to work it all out for myself unless I went to the library and did a bit of research. The book on the right, Sweater Design in Plain English was the book I turned to when I found that the brioche stitch I was using in our cobbled together design was causing a problem with how the finished piece of knitting was sitting. I just needed to be reminded that certain stitches have a different tension. Brioche, because it is over two rows tends to pull the knitting up and so creates puckering in the non-brioche part of the knitting.
The book is full of wonderful advice and if you plan on being a dedicated knitter it is a book you ought to have in your library. I will just borrow it from my local library when I need it.
I have been busily working on another knitting project while doing the various swatches for the skull jumper. I am knitting a cardigan for one of my granddaughters. The wool is lovely and soft and I am really enjoying knitting with it. It is a very simple classic cardigan pattern taken from this booklet.
I have just added a little bit of colour with left over wool as a band around the base of the cardigan. I have knitted this pattern before but I am doing it in the next size up this time.
I just have the band to do now. I even have the buttons at the ready.
I can now start work on the actual jumper instead of swatches. I had done a practice of the pattern with brioche stitch on either side of the large cable but was not happy with the result so unravelled it.
I then knitted it up with a single chain instead of brioche stitch and that is what I will do on the actual jumper as I found the brioche stitch was pulling up too much of the jumper as it is created over two rows.
The sample is on the brown cardigan which I am using as the basis for the pattern size.
When the wool parcel arrived I was delighted to find that the dyelot was the same as the two balls I had bought for trying out the pattern this meant that I could now just continue knitting rather than having to start afresh. Bonus!
Progress so far. I have reached the point to cast off to shape for inserting the raglan sleeves.