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…