Finally, finally, I have a finished sweater to show off here on the blog. I started this poor sweater well over a year ago, as part of my tradition of knitting a gansey during the Tour de France. It took a bit longer than the Tour to finish, and then sat, neglected, for almost a year before I finally got around to weaving in the ends and kitchenering the underarms shut.
Here are the details:
Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: My own, which I hope to write up this year
Yarn: Schoeller+Stahl Morea, 6.5 skeins
Needles: Size 3
Time to knit: Really, only a couple of months. I just drug it out like crazy at the end.
This little ganseyette turned out exactly like what I was envisioning when I first sketched out the design. The only problem with that is that it might be a bit “too pretty”, if that makes any sense. My husband laughs at me when I say that, but the truth is, I tend to gravitate towards my more rustic/traditional/basic sweaters rather than to the heavily-patterned, “pretty” ones (case in point: even though I love it, I never wear Demi). But, we’ll see how this little ganseyette fares. I do hope to write up a pattern for it, but of course the sizing will be a nightmare, given the amount of stitch patterning involved. If I can have it written up by the time the next Tour rolls around, I’ll be happy.
But now, how about some more pictures?
I built the waist shaping into one of the vertical panel motifs that runs up each side of the sweater. That particular motif was meant to evoke the switchbacks the cyclists navigate as they traverse the mountain stages.
I finished the neckline using a picot bind-off, which mirrors the look of the Channel Island Cast-On that I used at the hems. I’m delighted with how that little detail turned out.
The sleeves are essentially EZ-style seamless, set-in sleeves, but with the tiniest of saddles, created out of the mini-cable that runs up the center of each sleeve.
I love the tiny little saddles, and the way they open up into the neckline via a (very tiny) neck gusset…a traditional gansey touch!
While I wasn’t a fan of weaving in so many ends (no wonder I usually choose yarns that come in large put-ups and are easily spit-spliceable!), the stitch definition on this yarn is amazing.
It’s hard to believe that this is my first finished sweater of the year, and I didn’t really knit on it this year at all. What a crazy year it’s been!