The good thing about being a student is the stressknitting that comes with it. Now that I’m (finally) approaching the final stages of my graduation I feel the need to knit a lot! I believe I’m starting to see a pattern here.. I always tend to choose projects that are a bit.. extreme, which is exactly what I’ve done with my graduation project. It’s a heavy and complex issue and that’s exactly the reason why it’s taken me nearly 2 years to complete. On the other hand, it’s been well worth the effort and I’ve learned so much about the subject (and about myself).
So while I’m working on the WIP of a lifetime, I’ve got two FO’s to show you all 🙂
I cannot tell you how proud I am myself for finishing this cardigan. It’s been one of those things I’ve always been way too intimidated to start/ finish. It’s only the last two months that I felt I was comfortable enough to start and to finish this project. It fits me perfectly and exactly the way I hoped it would. It’s not too tight and it’s not too lose and I’m definitely not going to put this one in the dryer. Thankfully you only have to make certain mistakes just once in your life.. 😛
The yarn is Tweed by Zeeman (cost about 2 euro’s per 160m skein), but as it turns out it was just a one time thing. The yarn was extremely popular and (unsurprisingly) was sold out really quick. It’s a mix of 20% wool, 74% acrylic and 6% rayon but it feels like there’s a lot more wool in there.
The backside was a bit empty so I added two panels of cabling to give it a bit of shape. I’m still in love with the textured feeling of this cardigan and I can’t believe how fast this whole thing knit up. I was afraid the knitting process might be boring and slow because of the moss stitch pattern all over the cardigan, but it was one of the quickest knits in a long while. I used Grumperina’s cabling without cable needles tutorial, so the cables weren’t a problem at all. This project has also been adapted and knit with the TLS method.
The second FO I’d like to show you is the Tenney Park sweater.
I seriously love this sweater. I’ve never been an entrelac fan until I saw this pattern. It’s awesome and amazing and I’m really happy I knit this project because I learned a great deal. I also used the TLS method to adapt this pattern and I chose to pick up stitches on the entrelac panel as I went instead of sewing in the end. I felt that this was a better option because I chose heavier yarns than the pattern suggested. This way I could create a form of depth between the entrelac panel and the sweater.
I added a faux seam-line because I noticed it has a slimming effect (well it wasn’t the only reason but meh). I wasn’t too sure about it at first but at the moment I’m really pleased with the results. I was afraid that the faux seam-line wouldn’t look good when using heavier weight yarns, but as it turned out I was wrong 🙂
The back side is left ‘blank’. I feel it completely works with this pattern. Somewhere along the lines I went from 1×1 ribbing to 2×2 ribbing, and I have no idea how this happened. I worked the sleeves first and then I did the hem and neckline… I like the effect so I won’t reknit these parts.
These were the FO’s for today. I’m currently working on another sock but I’ll post some pictures in a later stadium. You may (or may not) have noticed the pictures have become smaller. That is because I’m working on making the blog faster and easier to load and one of the main things I’m working on is image scaling and load time. I already reduced the amount of posts on the front page but I think reducing the image size will also help. Let me know what you think and if the loading time is slow.