Sweater 1 - Norwegian Sweater
Firstly, the Norwegian Sweater that's been lurking in the "What's On My Needles" box is well and truly finished. I finished the knitting in April eventually wove in the ends in August and gave it to my mother-in-law for her birthday present. The lavender suits her colouring far better than it suits mine. The only photos I have of it completed do not do the colours justice so here's three, one of it complete, one of a partial jumper and a close up of the yoke, which is the one photo that does show the colours correctly.
Pattern: Norwegian Sweater
Source: Knitting In Vogue 2, by Christine Probert, published October 1983 (pattern dates from the 1960's)
Yarn: Sublime Organic Merino DK in Tuile (main colour) and Felt (contrast)
Mods: Knitted in the round. Also, since the yarn is discontinued, I knitted the sleeves first, then the yoke (casting on using the crochet provisional cast on), before knitting the body downwards. I ran out of yarn at the waist but managed to find some more from McAree Brothers in Scotland. Finally, I did the collar in the contrast colour, back when I was still hopeful it would "lift" the lavender enough to enable me to wear the sweater.
Sweaters 2 and 3 - 2012 the Year of the Four Babies
And four babies means four Five Hour Baby Sweaters. After the first one took two weeks, I decided that two baby sweaters would equal one adult sweater. I use Courtney Filner's version for a 6-12 month old (the link will take you to it), but in a fit of stash busting I modified it a little to make stripy sweaters when I knew whether the baby would be a boy or a girl.
Each one takes about 125g of yarn.
Sweater 4 - A Frogged Garden Sweater
One of the forums I participate in on Ravelry is the Ankh Morpork Knitters Guild. We have a Guild Wars competition and, as part of the third round, I whipped out Veera Välimäki's Modern Garden Sweater. It's lovely; it's quick; it ate up some left-over chunky yarn from my stash....
But it didn't fit me. And it didn't fit my sister-in-law. So I've frogged the body to knit it again. I'd picked the size to knit on the basis that I only had 450g of the yarn (Zettl Alina, bought from Lidl on the rare occasion they sell yarn). I was lucky enough to have about 75g yarn left over so will knit two sizes up this time and see where that gets me. Should take a week or two to do the body (I did stay it was fast).
Sweater 5 - Pretty in Pink
The final sweater I've knitted so far is another vintage Vogue pattern. This time it's the Cotton Sweater with a Ribbed Yoke from Kntting in Vogue by Christine Probert published in December 1982. The pattern dates from 1936.
I only have photos of the body, but it is virtually finished. All that's left to do is to attach the sleeves, weave in the ends and give it a damn good wash. (Somehow, I've managed to get sweet-n-sour sauce on it from a Chinese takeaway.)
Again, I modified this by knitting it in the round and doing the sleeves 2 at a time using magic loop. The other thing I always do is finish the shoulder seams using a three needle bind off.
No idea what I'm going to do for sweater 6. I have a few patterns lined up in my queue, but they'll all take longer than 6 weeks. Might finish the Moth Wing Shrug I started in March. Yes, I know it's crochet, but that counts too.