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This is a bit different post than what you usually see here, the content is slightly different! usually there is sewing , now it’s knitting, sewing and shoemaking! Yep, all those surprisingly made by me!
Knitting: I learnt how to knit as a child by my mum, ever since though have made only a couple of scarfs and one superchunky flat knitted sweater back in time when I was studying. I felt knitting was boring as you knit row after row and so much time consuming, I really preferred spending my time with other more interesting outdoor activities ! It seems that for everything the right timing and state of mind is required and that perfect timing for me starting knitting was 3 months ago with a lot of motivations from my good friends Katerina and Natassa which inspired me to start knitting and especially knitting in circle needles which sounded terrifying and undoable to me as a straight needle knitter! It took me 15 minutes to get the hang of it and that was it, knitted 3 beanies and than a pullover knit along with Katerina and Natassa followed.
Pattern: Stasis Pullover by Leila Raabe
Yarn: Pure Alpaca in light pink colour purchased here + Merino Extrafine by Schachenmayr colour 00130
Needles: started with some cheap circular purchased from Lidl but in the middle of it I upgraded to Hiya Hiya sharp interchangable, it made a big difference!
Process: As I expected a lot happened while I knitted this sweater and It would not even be here now if it wasn’t my mum a knitter extraordinaire that saved it so many times, I’ll mention only that after I had finished knitting it I somehow cut the sweater while I was cutting a yarn marker and when I thought that all that labour and love I had pun on this pullover was wasted she did a facelift surgery on the cut hole and now you can’t even tell what and were it happened.
Like: the colours, the seamless finish, the fit adjustments I made, the colourwork.
Dislike: how the drastically decreasses in the yoke part look, the shortrows points that I made are very obvious.
Sizing: I used Elizabeth Zimmermann’s method on choosing the size which is instead of measuring my body to measure a garment I already had and I liked the fit. Took the bust measurement of that garment and using the swatch I made with the yarn I was going to use concluded in making size 3 for the bodice and size 4 for the sleeves.
Colourwork – I tried 3 different ways to handle the floats,in the bottom colourwork I left them as they are which I did not like as it pulls the fabric like an elastic, catching them every second stitch in the sleeve part of the colourwork which I also don’t like as it disturbs how the colourwork looks and finally in the yoke as suggested by Katerina I used a combination of these two which was catching he floats only every 3-4 stitches which makes a difference and I prefer the most.
Japanese short rows: I didn’t follow the pattern on this, I wanted to have a rounded neck and the back to be higher as what I had seen on other versions of this pattern so I made a set of 3 short rows before the yoke colourwork and a set of 5 after the neck decreases. I am not happy with how they look, in the tutorial I followed on youtube the japanese short rows were showed in straight needles and they are almost invisible, I didn’t know how to adjust them in circular knitting so they don’t look as clean as I wanted to. Please let me know if you have any suggestion on how to achieve a neater result.
3 needles bind off to close the underarm opening.
Adjustments: rounded the neck, higher back, adjusted the sleeve length and width to fit my arms, shortened the bodice, as I used 2 different sizes I adjusted the stitch nr. before starting the yoke colourwork so that could be divided by 6 which is the nr. of stitches of the colourwork.
Sewing: selfdrafted skirt, features a yoke, center back invisible zipper, box pleats in the front, flared in the back and side seam pockets. Not much to say here apart from the fabric which is 100% wool fabric made in Greece, obviously it is very old as unfortuanately they are not produced here anymore. It has a nice drape and I love how it looks, I would prefer the hem to look more crisp, maybe I should interface it to get that look, I’ll see. I used part of the selvadge visible in the pocket as I love how that yellow pops overthere.
Shoes: I started a shoemaking class 8 months ago and these are my first pair. Derby shoes, pattern drafted by me, made with black calf leather upper, goat leather lining, leather innersole, outer sole and heel. Making a pair of shoes like this takes a lot of time, 50% of the result is based on how well the pattern is drafted and the other 50% is the lasting and finishing part. Construction can be much easier if you use ready made innersoles, outersoles and heels but I believe the look of this handmade sole is perfection and is worth all the time and effort.
I think this post got very long so let’s conclude it here. The entire look appeals to me a lot and the three pieces together or separately are exactly my style and the way I want to be dressed. I would love to read your opinion about this look and any knitting advices you might have will be appreciated.