Starting a Sweater

I dug out several skeins of Cascade 220 worsted in brown and found a top-down pullover pattern that I liked online, The Weekend Sweater by Darling Jadore. It’s very easy and has short rows to shape the neck so it’s higher at the back of the sweater.

I’ve finished the neck shaping and I’m on straight yoke increases for raglan sleeves. Using worsted weight yarn and a size 8 needle is a nice change. I wanted a loose, comfy sweater that would fit like a sweatshirt and I think I found the right pattern. Since I’m continuing my stash busting and I still have some other colors of this same yarn I am going to make some stripes in the body and sleeves of the sweater.

I could have sworn I had both a 16″ and a 32″ long circular needle but all I could find was the 24″ length. I grabbed a size 7 to get started on the twisted rib at the neck, knitting loosely, and was able to switch to the 24″ long size 8 needle after I had finished knitting the cast on edge to the bottom of the ribbing for a folded crew neck.

I’m really going to need a longer needle pretty soon so I ordered some size 8’s from The Yarn Barn of Kansas in 16″, another in 24″, a 32″ and a 40″. I’ve got a 60″ in my needle basket and I was able to use it like a huge magic loop to be able to try on the sweater to check the fit for the neck and the beginning of the yoke. It’s going to be perfect!

I got my finished articles soaked and blocked and I’m giving them plenty of time to dry. I use a spring tension curtain rod between the uprights of my floor loom to hang my sock blockers on for my socks to dry and it came in handy for drying the cowl.

I put the longer green hat on the wicker form and then smoothed the shorter hat over the top of it so they could both get mostly dry with the box fan blowing on them. The shorter hat didn’t feel damp when I took it off of the form, but knowing wool…it’s not quite dry yet and I’ll leave it draped over the rod for today and let everything have another full day to get dry.

I used my blocking mats for the first time and I love them. The scarf is easily 7′ long and I’ll enjoy wearing it very soon.

My plans for cooking my chuck roast in the crockpot had to be scrapped for now. I miscalculated the veggies I had on hand and I’ll need to make a run in for new potatoes and carrots. I really need to check out what’s in the plastic bins in the fridge more often…

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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