I cannot believe February is almost over! Two months of 2013 are gone in a blink of an eye. Being so preoccupied with my knitting, I hardly realized it.
The biggest project this new year so far has been a sweater that I knitted for my son. After a failed attempt with finishing Point Gammon Pullover last year, I still wanted to use that yarn for a sweater for my son. Looking all over the Internet, knitting books and magazine for a pattern to knit, I found the one that I liked. My son liked it too. And so, it was knitting only for about a month. The choice was Mossdale sweater by Martin Storey.
The almost-finished front. I thought the Aran design was pretty impressive.
Here it is all finished, washed and stretched on my new woolly block (that is a dehumidifier behind it). The stretcher is made in Maine, USA. I really love this sweater stretcher, easy to put on and the wood has been polished to its smoothest, so no yarn would be pulled off accidentally while putting the sweater on the stretcher.
The recipient of the sweater :)
I had to make one change from the pattern though. The collar. I’ve never liked it when it is just bound-off stitches on a collar.
This is how I knitted my collar. With circular needles I picked up stitches around the neck line, knitted (in a circle) double the height of my collar using some waste yarn on the last row. Then I folded it in half and sewed on stitch by stitch to the right side of the sweater while removing waste yarn slowly.
It looks more sophisticated this way and has no seam on the side of the collar.