based on 10 reviews over the last year
I have made a complex Aran cardigan from Rowan cocoon. Had to order extra yarn to make a shawl style collar. Used splicing to join with long feed about 6" of about 1/4 of the yarn to secure and then the actual splice adding in the remainder of the new yarn a quarter at a time but at about 2 cm intervals and then a long tail (6") of a quarter to finish. I twist the yarn quite tightly when doing the main part of the splice and find the result is both secure and invisible. Sewing up now and very pleased with the texture etc. Doing Russian (I think that's what it's called but possible wrong) style seam from the right side. You pick up a stitch or two on the sewing needle pull the yarn through then cross to the other side and do the same and keep repeating. Afterwards I whip the seam on the inside to make it look super tidy. T2R & T2L going up the raglan shaping instead of the usual stocking stitch which made a great result fitting in much better with the slightly shaggy appearance of the wool. Used about 1.5 kg wool - a lot! The wool knits up well and doesn't split which is very helpful when the stitches are tight to manipulate eg when cabling and doing purl 3 together followed by K3 from one in the next stitch. I would like manufacturers to make needle tips finer. If using metal needles I sharpen them on a grinding wheel. The larger sizes are so blunt but still have to be persuaded into a tight space when doing this kind of Aran! Also making baby shawls from old 'heirloom' pattern. The pattern had been hand typed and photocopied. Not accurate! Bought from the Internet. The design is very pretty but buyer beware!
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This is the fifth time I’ve made this for different people- they all love it. It’s a short, short sleeved jumper called Stockport I think.