FO: Grandpa Cardigan the second

Here is my second Grandpa Cardigan.  I used the same yarn I used for my first one – madelinetosh DK Twist.  The first one was in colorway “Neon Lime” (oh yes) and ever since I finished that one a few years ago I have been meaning to knit another one in gray.  This one is in “Dr. Zhivago’s Sky”.  I can see in the photo where I maybe should have alternated skeins, but it’s not as noticeable, and really that part that is a little bluer would still have been a little bluer than the rest.

I knit this in the same size as my first one, and to the same measurements (by which I mean I counted the repeats of the fat cable for both body and sleeves of the first one and knit this one the same way).  I made two modifications from my first one (and from the pattern):  I knit the sleeve cuffs on a needle two sizes smaller than the rest of the sweater, and I made the shawl collar deeper.  On my first one, every time I wear it I wish the cuffs fit a little closer, and I actually ripped it back a few months ago and re-knit them on smaller needles, but I think it’s been too long and it didn’t really help.  For the shawl collar, I marked with locking stitch markers on both fronts where the neck increases stop, and the center of the back.  When I picked up the button band stitches, I knit the first row to something like five stitches past the neck marker, wrap + turn, knit in pattern to five stitches past the neck marker, wrap + turn, knit to first wrap, pick up the wrap, knit two stitches more, wrap + turn, and so on until I got to the neck increase markers on the fronts.  This worked out well but if I make this a third time I might try to make it even deeper, but I think I would do this maybe by knitting the entire button bands a little wider also.

FO: Limelight

Here’s my finished Limelight.  I knit it in a lovely 100% silk gradient from White Birch Fiber Arts that I picked up at DFW Fiber Fest this year.   I’ve never knit a shawl with this construction method – you cast on a bajillion stitches, knit some short rows to create depth, then on to the border.  On the one hand, you have long rows right off the bat – on the other hand, at least in this pattern, all the rows past the short rows have the same number of stitches, so if you’re used to playing yarn chicken at the end of a lace shawl, it’s not quite so bad.

As you can tell from the closeup my bind-off could have been looser (and probably I could have picked a yarn with more give) but I’m pretty happy with this.

FO: Bubbles Down The Drain

MOAR SOCKS!  But not vanilla ones this time.  These are Bubbles Down The Drain, knit in numma numma doppio, colorway “Ruby Red”.  I’m not going to lie, I found this pattern a little tedious.  Maybe it’s the four-row repeat?  Still, I’ll probably knit this one again.  I used a fish lips kiss heel instead of the one in the pattern, not because the one in the pattern is bad, but because I have the FLK heel memorized and it fits me well enough that I don’t really feel like I need to use a different one without a good reason.