Thursday, April 4, 2013

Liwen

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)

15 comments:

  1. Thank you, Stephanie! The yarn seems to work really well in this basic shape.

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  2. Thanks. It may be a little of both, Evelyn. It was a dark, rainy day yesterday and I had to open the aperture up wider and wider, then I edited a little. But, I'd say the top photo has the most light and is closest to the color in person.

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  3. Love it so much! I'm with you on the thick and thin yarn - it's so awesome, but it's hard to find a pattern that works well with it. You matched pattern and yarn so well here! It looks so cozy!

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  4. Jennifer TownsendApril 5, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    I love it! It turned out beautifully. The yarn was a perfect choice.

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  5. Thanks, Jennifer, it really is a comfy sweater.

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  6. Thank you, Jennifer. It took quite a while for me to decide on a pattern for this yarn, but I ended up using one I'd knit before.

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  7. love it. love the yarn with this pattern . i have made the oatmeal pullover too. i really like it. simple. quick. goes with everything (if you pick the right color). comfortable. can't beat any of that.

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  8. You're right, Britt. It's an "old standby" kind of pattern that doesn't require expensive yarn or much time. 612 recorded projects on Ravelry can't lie.

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  9. It looks so soft, delicious and schlubbily cozy, and your pictures are beautiful.

    P.S. thanks so much for your really nice comment. :)

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  10. Thanks, Dianne. It is so soft and cozy. Total weekend sweater.

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  11. Love the yarn, the sweater and especially the fit. The 'textured yarn + simple shape = very wearable and interesting garment' formula is a winner.

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  12. Thanks! I agree, Sara, simple stockinette seems to be the way to go with interesting yarn.

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  13. Vanessa EspinosaApril 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Ooo! Looks super cozy! Now you just need to move north just a tiny bit, yeah? :)

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  14. Super cute and comfy looking!

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