Check out the original story here. ( Note. We do not have a King & Queen. We have a Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.) Today, though, the quote is knitting related. My Pumpkin Pie Pully is finished. Whew! It was a long time coming. Recently I caught a ravelry group that are knitting eleven sweaters in 2011! Here it is March and I have just finished my first. Some seem to knit themselves and others take time.
Pumpkin Pie took time for a few reasons. First, it is a self-designed sweater. That means lots of prep time. The vision has to be born and then translated into pattern. Then gauge swatches - plural - knit. Despite all that, the best laid plans sometimes go awry. As was the case with Pumpkin Pie when I tried to do seamless, set-in sleeves. After their failure, I ripped from neckline back to armholes. Time consuming, that.
But done it is and I think it will be worn lots. Tomorrow, at work will be the first place I wear it. I'm not certain if my troubles and the time taken to knit it have been inspiring to my class - "Even the teacher gets it wrong." - or discouraging - "Even the TEACHER gets it WRONG!"
Pumpkin Pie Pully
Knit using Elizabeth Zimmermann's percentage system.
*Yarn - Cabin Fever, Cotton Tweed. Colour - Pumpkin Pie. 4 balls! At $7.50 per ball, that's a reasonable sweater.
*Needles - 4mm
*Circumference - 40 inches. At 22 stitches /4 inches, that was a cast on or Key number of 220 stitches.
*Ribbing on sleeves and bottom - Four rows of K1, P1. Five rows would have been better, as it has a tendency to curl that hopefully my severe blocking has curbed.
* Ribbing on the neckline was only two rows of K1, P1 ribbing followed by two rows of stockinet to give a nice roll.
*Cable. Large, 24 stitch cable done in K1, P1 ribbing.
* I made the sweater to sit about 3 inches below waist. That is Sally Melville's recommended length for an unshaped garment. When done, though, Pumpkin looked a bit boxy. I'm just five feet tall. The boxiness would probably disappear on a taller person. To fix the shape, before I grafted the underarm seams, I dropped down two stitches at each side and worked them back up as purl stitches. This created a bit of ribbing through the waist area and gives Pumpkin some shape. The 'too boxy' look was a design flaw that caught me by surprise. I have lots of short, unshaped sweaters that look fine, but Pumpkin with it's large cable seemed to need that bit of shaping.
* The sleeves are 3/4 length and fall halfway between elbow and wrist. As per EZ, 3/4 length sleeves require a cast on of 25% of the Key number of stitches.
If I were to do it again?? - I would probably make elbow length sleeves. Also, I would probably knit a longer version adding waist shaping. The loose shaping is fine for cardigans, but seems a bit breezy up the back in the pullover version. And, I forgot Elizabeth Zimmermann's warning to always do some short rows in the back, above the ribbing to keep the sweater from riding up. Dang!
Minor mods all. The sweater looks great, the colour is good on me. Perfect design and yarn for warmish-winter or coolish-summer days.