Monday, March 05, 2007

Demi is Done

I finished Demi, from Rowan Vintage Knits in January, after about 7 weeks of knitting. I used about 7 skeins of Rowan Yorkshire Tweed in Plum, with hardly anything left over. I used size 8 needles, although I think the yarn might work better with size 7. I didn't want to redo the pattern for a smaller needle size. Then I worked almost exclusively on this project, since I liked it so much. The sweater fits well, although my gauge must have been off, because it came out smaller than the size I knit (medium). It is a little more close fitting than I expected, but seems to work anyway. The main thing I modified was the size of the bobbles. Instead in row 1:I knit into the front, back, and front, of the stitch row 2: turn and purl across the three stitches, row 3: turn and slip 2 stitches together as if to k2tog knit the 3rd stitch and pass the first two stitches over the third. It worked a lot better. In the book I think the bobbles are five stitches and that was too big for me. The hardest part was the construction of the button area at the top shoulder, because I wasn't sure how it was supposed to connect. The button area is knit separately and sewn onto the top shoulder and the back later. This was a good project, because there was a lot of interest during the whole thing. There were a lot of ends to weave because of the button area, but the sweater turned out good, and the yarn gets softer after washing.

5 comments:

mel said...

It is just beautiful!! Great job, you should be very pleased :)

otismurph said...

Wow, that looks fantastic! It's a great color and you did a great job!

Patti said...

I really love it and I do think your smaller bobbles are better. There is another sweater in that book with bobbles that are entirely too big- If I make it I will do the bobbles smaller like you. And I love the color you picked.

I just finished joy but no pics on my blog yet. I made a few mods as well. I am now working on Aimee, and if you have never used KSH, it is an awesome yarn to knit!!!

Kelly said...

so pretty! I'm working on this right now, too. Seeing your beautiful version is extremely motivating!

Kelly said...

Sorry to comment twice - I just have a quick question. Did the sweater bloom a bit after blocking? Thanks!