This is a lovely top-down raglan with the world’s easiest cables which I borrowed from Mary Weaver’s fantastic Dahlia (Knitty Winter 2007). I like my sweaters tight, so I created my own pattern with body-hugging cables and a pretty contrasting white edging on sleeves and neckline. I took some basics from the original, as I loved the diagonal cables and the shape of the neckline, but otherwise modified the pattern pretty radically as I went along, taking out the whole empire-style ‘skirt’ (which always makes me look about 4 months pregnant – not a good look), adding contrasting edging, and shifting the neckline up a notch.

This sweater was mostly knitted while travelling round Vietnam in spring 2009. Everytime I wear it, I remember my first night in Ho Chi Minh City, clutching my knitting bag between my knees as I rode a motorbike taxi for the first time and the sheer adrenalin of speed and noise and nighttime city buzz rocketed through me.

One downside to this sweater is that, to be honest, red isn’t really my colour. I’m considering knitting the design again in a more flattering shade – green perhaps?

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Cheryl Naimath’s Fetching

December 15, 2009

I finished these in second year of uni (2006), during a bloody freezing winter where I used to sit knitting with my back againt the one functioning radiator in the house.

They are more grey-blue in real life

It was worth it though, as these are a seriously cute pair of fingerless gloves. My only issue with the pattern was that I finished the first glove, put it on, and it fell off my hand. I double-checked the gauge and it was fine – so I reknitted the pattern with 10 less stitches cast on, and they fitted my midget hands.

I love this colour!

This was made from a nicely coloured (heathery purple, hence the name) but otherwise vile acrylic yarn which I bought in bulk while penniless in my first year at university.

Yes, another of those naff 'no one's home so I'll have to take it myself in the mirror' photos

It’s a bit worn and torn now, but I still wear it when it’s cold, I’m not seeing anyone all day, and I need love in sweater form. It was a bottom-up raglan which I cast on without really knowing what it was going to end up as, and then worked out myself. I think it worked out pretty well though. The lower body is a little loose in gauge – I changed needles at the yoke and the fit is much better here. I frequently need to reduce needle size more than I think, partly because I am a loose-ish knitter but mostly because I love the thick, velvety feel of a tightly knitted fabric.

This, incidentally, was my first attempt at designing – an entirely maths-free process involving a lot of ‘will this work? Let’s find out….’

Fortunately, I can live with ripping back. It’s how a girl learns!

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