Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Res Originalis: Cranberry Turtleneck

Wow -- thank you so much for the amazing response to my Trina pattern! I am both shocked and awed that so many people have downloaded it and added it to their Ravelry queues. A couple have even cast on already! The lovely Lena, who has involuntarily become my test knitter, has identified a few of mistakes in the pattern, which have now been fixed. So if you downloaded the pattern already, please replace it with the new version (it's up on Ravelry), and of course if you have any questions, let me know!

So on to new knitting business...it appears that the yarn I bought in Argentina got knitted up almost as soon as it made its way into my stash. I cast on for my Modified Drops Jacket mere days after I returned home, and only a couple weeks after I was done with that, I had this:



Pattern: Improvised
Yarn: ~600 yards of Yanabey Merino
Needles: US 10 circs and dpns
Start to Finish: January 22 - February 5, 2009

Notes: There's not too much to say here -- I just wanted a plain ol' turtleneck sweater, nothing fancy. I cast on the number of stitches I knew I needed for my hip measurements and sort of improvised from there. It's a simple bottom-up, in-the-round raglan. I did a little short-rowin' at the top to raise the back, then knit the turtleneck in 2x2 rib for several inches and folded it down. There are ribbed cuffs at the bottom of the sleeves, too, and I made them long enough to pull over my hands:



As with my other Argentinian yarn project, this sweater is H-O-T! (I'm talking temperature here, I'm not that full of myself). It's been perfect for wearing to the mountains and cozy on cold days. I'm sure it will also come in handy this San Francisco summer, which may or may not actually be, but sure feels like, the absolute coldest time of the year.

And as before, I loved working with this yarn and love how it knitted itself up. I'm just sad I don't have 10 skeins more (or 100).

Also -- my amazing grandmother made the ribbon flower I pinned on and immediately deemed the perfect accessory to this sweater. I have sung her knitting praises before, but she is truly a multi-faceted crafter. Thank you, Grams!

27 comments:

barefoot rooster said...

yay! i love this! it looks beautiful on you, and your grandmother is clearly awesome.

Clumsy Knitter said...

Wow--another great-looking sweater! Very impressed. :)

sheepish one said...

this is gorgeous, just gorgeous!!
and yes, your grandmother made the perfect accessory.
amazingly beautiful, H.

sophy said...

it's beautiful, hilary!! seriously, the color is amazing and you did a wonderful job with it.

MrPuffy said...

It's gorgeous - both in color and fit! Love the extra length and shaping you used.

Summer fog is soooo damp and cold. In Socal fog is generally limited to May-June although we can get a foggy day here and there all Summer. I personally love fog - but then we don't get a lot of it.

Your Gram's ribbon flower is super on that sweater!

Gudrun Johnston said...

Can't beat a good old turtleneck...this is gorgeous....love the long cuffs too!

hibou said...

What a perfect colour and fit! It hugs your waist beautifully. And the flower looks like it was made for it!

Thea said...

Trina's adorable - Im not surprised you have such a response! And yep, SF summer, the perfect time for a warm sweater. Just hike it over to the Pelican Inn/Muir Beach one afternoon and do a little hike. You'll be happy you have it!

Aline la Bergère said...

Bravo! It looks amazing on you. A.xx

Tanis said...

You are so good at making sweaters that fit your body perfectly! I love it!

Rene' Sharp said...

This looks stunning on you! What a perfect fit. I also love the flower!

CanarySanctuary said...

That is such a great sweater! It's wonderfully accessorized with your handmade pin :)

Susan said...

The flower is the perfect compliment to your new sweater. It's stunning in a simple, elegant way. Great crafting work from your Nanna.

Philigry said...

i love this one too. it looks great on you. i love the flower your gram made. beautiful!

a friend to knit with said...

oh, but you are! totally HOT!
you look fabulous in this~
i absolutely love the sleeve length.....and the flower IS the icing on the cake.

the Lady said...

Looks nice!

Ella said...

It's beautiful! It looks wonderfully soft and warm and cozy and warm... I don't suppose you want to lend it out, eh? I'm watching the snow fly by my window sideways and up. *sigh*

PS - I love the flower - I agree, the perfect accent! :D

hyeknitter said...

Beautiful sweater - love that color. And your ribbon flower is lovely, too.

Jodi said...

Long, lean, and very flattering! I love that color.

Team Knit ! said...

What a gorgeous, classic looking turtleneck! The colour is phenomenal, and that flower pin just sets it off. Utterly fantastic!!!

- Julie

Eliza said...

That is beautiful! The color is great too! I'm very impressed!

Journeying Five said...

love it a great basic! looks great on you!

peaknits said...

Wow - you are a knitting fool - this is gorgeous! And that flower is fantastic - go gram!

iknitipurl said...

Gorgeous sweater. I love the color!

Eve said...

It looks so beautiful! Can you explain what you mean by raising the back? It sounds intriguing.

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Anonymous said...

Have just come across your blog and love your Trina cardigan and turtleneck! Can I ask...where do you get the Argnetinian yarn, that turtleneck looks so cosy and I am never warm enough!

Gina C.