Mishmash Raglan

I think it is endlessly intriguing how jumpers can kind of all look the same in one way, but all be completely different at the same time.

This one is no different! It is full of small things that I decided along the way. So, let’s start with the details:

Needles: 4.5mm

Yarn: BC Garn Allino, 6 balls, from Lanade.

Pattern: A rehash of this jumper that I made 2 summers ago, from Ann Budd’s fantastic The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters. My gauge was 17st over 10cm.

Firstly, this yarn shrinks a bit when you wash it, so I decided to go for the floppy summer jumper look, and I knitted it with a decent amount of ease. It was soft and slouchy. Eventually, it needed a wash and, interestingly, it is not much snugger, but it is a good bit shorter. I imagine that it will loosen up with wearing. ‘Caveat Knittor’, right?

I used the same stitch pattern as I did before. I believe I found it in an old Barbara Walker Treasury. It is very easy: two rows of moss stitch. So, [knit 1, purl 1] repeat, and then purl the knits and knit the purls on the next row. Why anyone would feel the need to call two rows of moss stitch something else (like ‘roman stitch’), I have no idea, but that’s what people do. I think it looks really nice, whatever it’s called.

I worked 14 row repeat: 2 rows of pattern, and then 12 rows of stockinette. It seems to work pretty well. I think that if your row gauge was tighter, you could afford to work more rows in between pattern rows to get the same kind of spacing. I was going for about 5cm in between pattern rows.

Like the last sweater I made in this style, I finished the neckline with two rounds of single crochet. This type of finish can go either way. I’ve used it on other jumpers and it can end up being really inflexible and uncomfortable. It suits this yarn, though. The composition is… I need to look this up, hang on… 50% cotton and 50% linen. So there is a reasonable amount of give to it and it does spring back in the wash (as I can attest to!).

So that’s it for today. I’m glad to be catching up on my blogging again, I have so much to share these days <3

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