Monday, 13 April 2009

FO: Rusted Root

I finally finished my Rusted Root a few days ago. This was an extremely quick knit and would have been finished ages ago had I not run out of yarn. Fortunately I managed to track down the yarn online and great was my pleasure when the yarn arrived and I found that it was the same dye lot!



Yarn: Patons Washed Haze
Needles: 3.75 mm and 3.25 mm circular needles
Modifications: Long sleeves rather than short sleeves and I made the neck smaller.



I realised that when I reached the point where the sleeves are placed on waste yarn and you then continue the rest of the body that I would never wear this sweater if it had short sleeves. The yarn is 10 ply and although its cotton it still makes for a very dense fabric. But with long sleeves its an ideal sweater for autumn and spring.

I'm not mad about the neck - I don't like wide open necklines and that is why I picked up fewer stitches than recommended and I knitted a wider rib then recommended. I'm still not 100% happy with the neck and might yet re-do it. I thought I would wear it a few times first and see how I go.

This was my first attempt at a top-down sweater and I think its a great way to knit a sweater. The best thing of all is that there is no seaming! For a hopeless sewer like me that is a fantastic bonus.

10 comments:

val said...

popping online to see what you're up to and you've been busy :)I love your RR - the sleeves are a good length, I prefer long sleeve jumpers/cardigans too, and the neck looks fine to me, I thought you said you had to loose weight, you look pretty skinny in that photo :) I have been pigging out on Easter eggs - time to get out the Wii fit ;)

Amanda said...

Thanks Val - with comments like that you can come and play on my blog anytime ;)

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Lovely sweater. I'm glad that you found some more yarn. That is such a pretty color.

Mary said...

Both you and the Rusted Root look fabulous!

bluekelebek said...

I love the colour! I think I need to step out of blue for a while and knit myself something purple! I am sloughing through miles of stockinette for my sweater at the moment before I can do the patterned yoke bit.I think the neck looks fine, I wouldn't worry about it!

T. said...

Aren't you lucky! Same dye lot. And the colour is lovely on you.

Amanda said...

Thanks for all those lovely comments. Consider my ego well stroked and you are all invited to come and play on my blog again!

LenaL said...

Oh, it's beauteful! What a luck that you managed to get the yarn you needed.

Take good care of yourself!

Polly said...

I think the neck looks great - and thought so at SnB when I saw it in the flesh too. I let you lead me astray and bought both this pattern and the Wicked - about a quarter of the way through the wicked at the moment - the whole top down thing is FAB.
Polly

Amanda said...

Thanks Polly. I've decided to leave the neck as is. I'm pleased you succumbed - top-down is great.