Hello, Hello! I decided to kick off my return to blogging with my latest project which is the Montrealer pullover/hoodie from Vincent Deslandes(otherwise known as @DesignByDelz) in a size 6. This size is for a 52 chest.
The pattern includes measurements from a 32-64 inch chest, which I appreciate in a unisex pattern. As the pattern is from a Canadian Designer, there is, of course, a provided metric equivalent in the pattern as well as a French version of the pattern. This is a for sale pattern and it has been thoroughly tested and edited before released. The pattern is very well written and beautifully designed.
I am using my ChiaGoo RED Lace Circulars 24" in US8s(5mm) for gauge though I might move to the 32" for the body.
The yarn is Lion's Brand Jeans in colorway Vintage. The yarn is 100% acrylic which will soften with time and wear, while standing up to repeated washing. I have used this yarn before in sweaters and it wears well, though it can be a bit splitty in places.
The lovely blue-green yarn above is from Woolbearers in Mount Holly, NJ and is hand dyed by the owner Myra. I wanted to add a bit of color to this grey sweater and the fingering weight yarn was just perfect to complete a I-Cord drawstring for the hood portion.
The pattern in my size calls for 2,203 yds/ or about 9 skeins for a full sweater. This feels like a lot of yarn, but I am trusting the designer to have my best at heart here. Though to be fair the hood could account for some of that additional yardage as it is not something I usually have to take into consideration for when I make sweaters.
The pattern so far has been really fun as it uses different short rows than I am used to when making socks. I will admit that I sat and stared at the pattern going, "That's not gonna work. I'm gonna end up lopsided. What do you mean turn the work here?" Luckily I am nothing if not stubborn and I kept going and at the end, it all worked and I had worried for nothing. The same thing happened when I was doing increases. I kept counting and recount and I could not get the numbers to match. I was blaming the pattern and complaining that people can't do math. I'm pretty sure I even blamed Canada as a whole for teaching maths improperly. Nope! Once again, I forgot to count my increases while doing short rows and the missing 6-8 stitches were right where they were supposed to be. There was some very quick retractions and I still feel bad for maligning all Canadians because I can't count. Or read apparently.
The one modification that I did make to this pattern was to use my own favorite type of increases instead of the M1L/M1R or KFB that most patterns call for. As you can see in picture 3 above, I start out like a KFB but instead of Knitting through the back loop I simply slip it on. This increases the stitch count without leaving a hole or a purl-like leg at the increase.
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Vincent Deslandes: Instagram/Website/Ravelry
The Montrealer: Ravelry/Instagram Tag
Lion's Brand Yarn: Jeans
Woolbearer's Yarn: Woolie Bears HT Sock (Looks like mine in Peacock is sold out)
ChiaGoo Needles: RED Lace Needles
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