You can see the dilemma of living in Texas and being able to make things like this, right? But today we had a cold spell, just in time for me to weave in the ends on my Liwen. It's a basic, cozy sweater made extra special by the thick and thin nature of the Araucania Liwen yarn.
I've had these skeins for about a year, waiting for the right pattern. I finally decided to work up another Oatmeal Pullover with regular raglan sleeves.
Something about working with thick and thin makes me nostalgic for the days when I first started knitting. It seemed like such an impressive yarn to work with. But it didn't often suit the project. This time I think it does. It's a classic raglan shape but has a little extra room for comfort.
Oatmeal was my first Jane Richmond pattern to ever knit and I keep it in the back of my mind for any leftover bulky yarn I may have. It doesn't require too much yarn and is so fast to work up. If you ever want to make a quick sweater as a gift, consider this one. Just keep in mind that many knitters have found the armholes a bit tight when following the pattern, but using traditional raglan increases, like Spiderwomanknits, can fix that. I have now made one each way and enjoy both. However, this one was all about ease, so I went with deeper armholes.
I made a size 36" using needle sizes 7 and 8.
My only mods were to knit the sleeves in the traditional raglan way of adding one "knit all" row between each increase row. Very simple.
I also decreased 8 stitches (rather than none for size 36") just before starting the 2 x 2 ribbing at the bottom of the body. I have learned that I almost always have to decrease more for ribbed edges, maybe because I don't knit my ribbing tightly enough. I also went down a needle size for all ribbing in this pattern. Since I'm making it with a little more ease in the body, I didn't want the ribbing to sag.
I'm also considering adding a little length to the sleeves. This yarn is very spring-y. I really want full length, but they keep springing up.
...and one million photos later... the end. (More on my Ravelry and Flickr)