Monday 2 June 2008

Shrug #2

So here is the 2nd attempt at a shrug for the movie premiere. I was very pleased as it fit! I used our Cabin Fever Cotton Tweed DK in black, and loosely based the structure on Deb's Basic Aran V-Neck sweater from our "Button Up Your Top Down" book. I used the needles appropriate for me for the aran weight (ie 4.5mm/US7) and, as I'm quite a loose knitter, I ended up with a gauge even slightly more than aran. You can see that it's fairly plain with a stocking stitch body and a 2 x 2 rib for the neckline and cuffs. I didn't have to do any "patternwork" as the texture and flecking of the tweed worked very well. The sleeves are a tiny bit shorter than I was thinking of but I was running out of time!! (I got the shrug done and buttons sewn on 20 minutes before I had to leave to drive to Toronto - that's cutting it fine!)

I also used this as an exercise to try "knitting backwards". This is where you don't purl. When you come to the end of the knit row you DON'T TURN, you just knit backwards across the row. Very cool. Slower of course than purling but it worked! And I was surprised to see how even the gauge was.

Oh, and here's a picture of the "red carpet". : )


1 comment:

  1. You look smashing! The shrug is soooo perfect. Now that you've mastered it, are you going to try another one, in a different yarn, for us to see? Please.


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