Some self-help books for knitters

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.

A different knitting project

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.

Look what arrived in the mail.

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.