This post should really be called “Loving Kim Hargreaves” as I think I have a real knit crush on her designs as you might gather.
So it was 9 months ago, that’s 75% of a whole year, that I started knitting my very first garment.
You may remember if your grey cells function better than mine that I decided on the beautiful Wisdom by Kim Hargreaves, made from high end Rowan felted tweed in a purple colour. It is lush, it has these nubby bits in, pops of blue & white which over the last 9 months I have become very familiar with. The pocket linings & very first row of the sleeves are a contrast colour, lime green in my case.
I have learnt so much about reading the language of knitting patterns, I have made SO many mistakes & ripped out a good 100+ rows in various stages, the largest being a chunk of about 40 rows. I look at the front & actually can’t see the buttonholes (so small are they), but there does appear to be a (gasp) hole not located in the button band, much bigger than the intended buttonholes! I shall sew it up. I shall.
I have fallen prey to the trancelike state double moss stitch invokes with blocks of 20 rows of this stitch. I prefer it to knitting the purl row. I levitate with that flicking of the wool from front to back in between stitches ….you’re almost hypnotised thinking about it, admit it….
There are a few mistakes & I shall have to live with the sleeves’ first block of double moss stitch not being deep enough due to my stupid pattern reading….but I only discovered it when starting the second sleeve & getting it right. Unfortunately sleeves have to match don’t they? I took the pain, preferring to live with the slight mistake forever after rather than rip out a whole sleeve. Would you have ripped out a whole sleeve, would you? If yes you’re a better person than me. You will have a view whether I chose the right path…..
I am almost finished, having a new spurt of knit-ergy after a few weeks/ months where it was out of favour for some reason. Had I “watched” more of the Euro football my knitting would be even further on. So here we are, I have a back, 2 fronts & one sleeve. Just the sleeve to complete & the neck edge.
Sewing it up scares me. Actually finishing it scares me also. How will I decide what to knit next?
There are a few contenders in the same book, “Cherished“.
“Raine” which has a lacy edge & ooh goodie more double moss stitch.
“Skylark” which has a lace rib throughout.
Or a simple cropped cardigan, “Fawn”
And “Goodwill” – in a stitch that looks as if it too would deliver more yogic knitting.
I also have Breeze (a recent Ebay purchase), also Kim Hargreaves. I am not sure if it is aimed at the younger generation as the models are teens (oops!) but that’s not going to stop me. Here are a few more pics to ogle at.
“Ruby” – Raglan sleeved with garter stitch trim.
“Hush” is a phenomenon in double moss stitch – love it
I do like “Lavender” as well for its lace hem & sweet little pattern.
There are a couple of peplum cardies including this one which looks cute cute cute
This is “Dolly”. The interesting thing is that Breeze is most definitely a summer knits book & Cherished is for winter. I have a shortage of summer cardigans, so judging by my speed at completion I should potentially start something from Breeze for next summer- possibly making the most of some summer yarn sales perhaps. Any recommendations?
But as with my sewing it feels more natural to start something to wear in the winter. I don’t think this is a good plan, unless it’s something chunkier (& there are a few in Cherished, but long line jackety coats with epaulettes which aren’t me plus would take a hell of a lot of yarn), & chunky scarves which are pretty dreamy too. Looks like it’s back to Cherished we go just to show you the scarves…
This is “Clarity” a crocheted scarf in Alpaca cotton, suitable for a novice (that’ll be me!)
Open work stitch snood called “Comet”, the vest is also a pattern. So there you are. Spot my indecision (as always!) but huge Kim crush.
All pictures (with the exception of the amateur purple knitting are from Kim Hargreaves’ site)