Dyeing · Jumper · knitting · Recycled · Spinning

A rainbow with the blues

I wrote a pretty average poem for this project, but there is so much I want to talk about and a short poem just wasn’t going to encompass it.

You may remember a dying project of mine from over a year ago. Well, the subsequent knitting project is finally on its way! After many test squares trying out various stitches and patterns, I finally settled on something that would allow me to use all the colours I had, and keep flexibility in changing them up.

I am making a freestyle top-down raglan jumper. The collar is still undecided, maybe a hood, maybe just a standard collar. But the front will be buttoned down until roughly the bellybutton, where it will join and become a jumper.

 

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Originally I was going to make a Norwegian Jumper looking pattern around the collar before going into a plain body, but I kept going with this stitch as I was enjoying the texture so much (and would like to keep that kind of collar for a very well designed future project).

Later I had the idea of doing something similar to the Norwegion collar. After splitting for the arms, I wanted to change to plain colour stocking stitch at the front, but continue the pattern in part on the back, so that it forms a triangle pointing down the back. I gave it a try, but wasn’t thrilled by it, and the patterned stitch has a different density and width to plain stocking stitch, so it didn’t sit right and puckered slightly.

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I undid it and continued with my stripes.

 

The original pre-dyed jumper was huge on me.

But I took out the black yarn and any colours that looked terrible once dyed (yellow to green = awful), and this stitch texture is thicker than the original stocking stitch.

Because of this, a shortage of yarn loomed. Luckily I keep everything that has the slightest chance of ever being useful. So I raided my stash for similar weight yarns in blue/purples, and came up with quite a lot of options. There’s even some handspun in there.

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So my knitting basket is overflowing and I’m really enjoying how the jumper is turning out so far. Stay tuned for updates!

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This project has me ecstatic,

Despite the shaping being erratic,

Once a colourful creation,

Now under constant modification,

Giving my fingers a lot of static.

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