Monday, 5 January 2015

Finished Knitting - Shavo Sweater


Here we have my biggest knitting project to date and Tam's Christmas present!  This sweater was LONG!  Both in size and time taken to knit.  Well, in hindsight I probably had it done in about a month, but that's forever in Time Span of Elise Knitting.  I think it felt longer because 

A - I knitted it on the round as much as I could (the only sewn joins are the shoulder seams) so each part took much longer to finish, even though it was easier and neater in the long run, 

and B - I spent just about every spare minute I had on it towards the end.  I knitted after work and at work during breaks, and during a task that involved me digitising videos and having to stay in the room in case the equipment malfunctioned.  I knitted on the train and in the car when I was sitting in the station car park, waiting for Tam.  I knitted during breakfast, alternating stitches with spoonfuls of cereal.  I knitted in the car when Tam was driving, as he always does at weekends (so I can knit!  He's a star.)  I knitted when I should have been doing other things but just wanted to get one more row done.  And it paid off in the end, so yay!

shots of work in progress and the finished object!


I used Shavo, a free pattern on the Berroco site.  I went back and forth on a few patterns before I found this one and just went for it.  It was easy enough to adapt for circular knitting, although I did the pattern slightly differently - just more moss stitch rows instead of stocking stitch, it looked a bit neater this way.  I didn't have to lengthen the body since it was meant to be longer anyway, but I added a couple of inches to the sleeve - the point of making a sweater for a 6ft 8 guy is so that he has something that actually fits for a change, so the adaption was necessary!  The sleeves were a bit awkward to do on the round to begin with - the stitches are picked up around the armhole and knitted down, which wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't tried to be clever and omit the seams...  It was still much better than sewing bits together though!  I used an Aran wool, only around 600g, less than I (and the pattern) was expecting.  I seem to have a knack for doing this - do pattern makers vastly overestimate their yarn usage or am I just doing something odd?

I finished the sweater the Sunday before Christmas, about half an hour before we went to see It's A Wonderful Life.  Good timing really, even if I wanted to have it wrapped up by the Friday since we exchanged gifts then.  But at least it was done in the vicinity of the right time!  Tam seems pleased with it, and the only criticism was that the design is odd.  'Did you get bored with the pattern half way through?'  'It's meant to look like that!'  '......really?'

Actually, maybe I better stick to hats...

:)

14 comments:

  1. Aww you're a good wee knitter!

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  2. Ooh, what an adventurous project!! I'm very impressed, it looks great :)

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    1. Thanks, I'm having a break now! :)

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  3. It looks great. Well done you!

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    1. Thanks! Now I need to find my next project...

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  4. You finished it in time! It's looks ace, massive pat on the back to you :) the pattern is cool and the neck bit is so neat!

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    1. Thanks, and that's the neatest neck band I've ever done, no idea how it happened!

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  5. this is beautiful well done! Ben has asked me for a cardigan for next year..I've never knitted any clothes for another person (sticking religiously to accessories instead) but seeing how wonderful a job you've done I'm feeling super inspired to get on it asap! well well well done! I hope he loves it :) jenny xx

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    1. Yay go for it! I might go back to hats for a while... :)

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  6. beautiful work... I really wish i could knit( well).

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    1. Thanks! It might be my favourite craft ever :)

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  7. What a gorgeous piece of knitting! You must be so proud of the final result! It's spurred me on to knit a sweater for my sweetheart this year - thankfully his birthday is in May so even if it takes an age, I should be finished by then!

    You mentioned you used Aran weight yarn...may I ask what yarn it was specifically? The finished result looks lovely and warm!

    Can't wait to see your next knitting project!

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    1. Thanks, good luck with the knitting! It's Woolcraft Aran range, only about £7 a ball I think, their DK is good too :)

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