FO: Idletart

No WIP post today as I have nothing new to show you.  Instead I have an FO – yay!

Remember these skeins of red yarny goodness? Mmm, it’s Merino/Cashmere/Nylon goodness in worsted weight. All 8 skeins of it. In Tart. Double yum.

Over a week ago, I showed you these Tart ends which I gathered after winding the skeins. I almost didn’t want to throw them away and use them as tassels for bookmarks or something. Such a waste to throw perfectly pretty bits of string. But I did throw them away and worked with 5 skeins of the main yarn instead. I apologize in advance for the blurry photos to follow.  Either my family is doing it on purpose or they are still not comfortable handling the camera.

And came up with this sweater. The pattern is Idlewood by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. I love her designs: simple, elegant, wearable and easy to follow. So far I have knitted two of her designs and plan to knit some more. If someone told me a few months ago that I can knit a full size sweater in four days, I’d have died laughing. But, lo and behold, it has happened!

I modified the pattern by knitting only 10 inches of the cowl/hood. I didn’t think I needed 15 inches of this in Dubai! I used 6mm needles for the cowl which, after blocking, grew in length. I also swapped a KFB for the raglan increases instead of the K1-R/B favoured by the designer.

I also added one more increase round to accommodate my humvee hips. I should have added more actually but my sister says this fit is better for me. Thanks, sis!

I love love LOVE this sweater and if it weren’t for the heat and humidity outdoors now, I would wear this every chance I get. The yarn and pattern combination is a winner and the rich colour of Tart is just the perfect icing on the cake.

Project: Idletart (Raveled!)
Pattern: Idlewood by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Yarn: Tosh 80/10/10 MCN Worsted, colourway Tart – I used 5 skeins
Needle: 6mm for the cowl/hood, 5.5mm for the body and sleeves
Cast on: 15 May 2011
Cast off: 18 May 2011
Notes: I added 24 rows of sleeves and an extra increase at the hips. I only knitted 10inches of the cowl/hood.

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