First up is a new vesty cardigany type thing...
Pattern: A heavily modified version of Bump by Gina Bonomo.
Yarn: 4.25 x 100g balls of Rowan Big Wool in Cassis (col 24). A funny (sort of) story about this yarn. I bought it a few years ago, maybe 5 years, on sale at a yarn shop in Mittagong (which no longer stocks Rowan yarns). I had always thought I had 6 balls of it, and so while I was planning what to knit from it, I based my planning on the fact that I had a certain amount of yardage. And that it's really too hot in Sydney, even in winter, for a long sleeved garment using a super bulky yarn such as this. So I always figured it would be some sort of vest.
Anyway, I bought this pattern on a bit of a whim, and when I got the yarn out of the depths of the stash cupboard (ok, one of the stash cupboards), I found I had 8 balls of it. GAAAHHHHH! It really could have changed my planning entirely. But by that stage, I was over planning, had bought the pattern, and just wanted to cast on. So I did.
|50g ball of worsted/10ply yarn on left for scale!|
Sticks: 12mm and 10mm KnitPicks Options. It's funny, people think it's really quick to knit garments with superbulky yarn and huge crowbar needles. But really, it's not that fast! I mean, the knitting grows quickly, of course, but I find I knit so much slower with such huge sticks. Nevertheless, I did get a completed vest in a pretty short time!
|Hello small hand!|
Modifications: The pattern only gives two sizing options. I did some extra raglan increases for the armholes (it is knit top down, seamlessly - good for superbulky yarn, to avoid even more super super bulky seams!). And I did the raglan increases as yarnovers, to give it a bit of a lacey look and also allow some air in (as I was still a bit unsure about whether a vest in this yarn would be too hot for Sydney!).
And I have worn it a few times and have been pleasantly surprised at how cosy but not hot it is to wear. Yay! I'm not sure it is the most flattering of garments, but it's red and it's cosy and I like it anyway!