Believe it or not, I’ve knitted yet another Grettir! It’s the sixth one and as I’m used to say, it will not be the last one either. Click on the numbers to see version number one, two, three, four and five. If I’d have kept all of them, I’d have one for nearly every day of the week! I need to cast on the seventh to make it happen.
This one is for my brother who never received a knitted garment from myself. How could I let this happen?! Anyhow, here I am, with something for him.
I’ve modified the original pattern in order to make a cardigan instead of a pullover. My brother often wears zipped jumpers and he usually leave them open as he doesn’t really feel (or care about?) the cold, not even when outside the temperature is well below the zero. For the same matter, I’ve never seen him with a woolen garment on (ok, this is just an excuse so I don’t feel too guilty for let him wait so long) so I did my best to accommodate his preferences and make this cardigan a winner.
I didn’t have in my stash any Traveller in a suitable color, so I had to find a yarn substitute and I’ve chosen Tanis Fiber Arts DK Yellow Label, a 100% superwash merino similar in yardage to Traveller. I’m very happy with this yarn and I’ll buy again from TFA for sure. The main color is Olive, the darkest is Spruce and the lightest is Chris Gray. The light brown and green in the colorwork section are two mini skeins of Traveller which they complement very well the other colors. At the beginning I was a bit on the fence about my color choice, but when I looked at the finished yoke every doubt vanished – I really like how all this colors play together and I hope my brother is gonna like them too.
Size wise, I’ve followed the instructions for a 50″ to achieve a 46″ as my gauge was slightly tighter than the one recommended. To accommodate the frontal opening and relative steek I’ve moved the BOR to the center front and added a 6 stitches bridge which I then cut open. I really wanted to try the crochet reinforcement for the steek, but after reading two very useful and detailed tutorial by Eunny Jang and Kate Davies, I’ve decided to use again the sewing machine. Basically the crochet method isn’t recommended in my case as I’ve used superwash merino yarn – which has less ‘grip’ than untreated wool – and also because my steek was made of an even number of stitches – in fact the crochet reinforcement is worked over an uneven number of stitches over the adjacent legs of two stitches and not over a single stitch.
Running a line of machine stitches along the two centre most stitches of my bridge was the best solution. In the photo above you can spot the stitching lines just at the sides of the yellow yarn, which I’ve used to mark the centre.
I then cut open the steek and picked up the stitches along the aperture to create a nice edging where I could easily sew the zipper on.
Finally I’ve used some matching bias binding to cover the raw edges of the steek, on the wrong side of the garment. Once I’ve sewn down the bias, I’ve stitched in place the neck facing. In fact, I’ve extended the collar ribbing to create a facing which I then folded towards the inside of the garment. To do so neatly, I’ve purled a row halfway through the collar, just before the facing color change – which is knitted striping the darkest and lighter colors used in the yoke section. The facing add a nice detail to the whole cardigan, but it also add extra stability to an otherwise flimsy collar. In between zipper, bias binding and collar facing, I had a fair amount of hand stitching to do, but it was certainly worth the time and effort.
I really love the wrong side of the colorwork too – the floats are so neat and regular you could almost wear the cardigan inside out!
And I’m done! All the 2014 Xmas presents are now completed and they should have nearly arrived at destination. This year I definitely run out of time and rushed to finish them all, but I did my best and I hope everyone is gonna like and appreciate what I’ve made, with love.