Boyfriend Sweater · Craft Central · Fair Isle · Sweaters

WIP Wednesday for 22 August 2018

I’m currently on Sleeve Island with the Purple Majesty Boyfriend Sweater. I’m making good progress, and I’m enjoying the knit, but it doesn’t make for very interesting pictures. I always forget that the sleeves take more time and yarn than the sweater fronts do, but there you have it.

In other Boyfriend Sweater-related news, I have decided that I should have enough yarn already spun to finish the sweater, so that at least is a weight off my mind. I just need to finish the second sleeve, wash and block all the pieces, seam them up, and knit the button band. It’s both “nearly done” and still a lot of work left to do.

However, I have also already decided what my next sweater project will be: Minstrel, designed by my friend Lorraine who blogs at Knits of the Round Table. She hasn’t been blogging much lately, but we’ve been in touch on Ravelry and such, so at least we have other ways to keep connected. I’ve always wanted to knit one (or more!) of her Fair Isle sweater patterns, but I’ve been intimidated by them. However, now that I’ve “nearly” completed one sweater-knitting-milestone (knit a sweater from your own hand-spun) I feel ambitious enough to try another: knit a Fair Isle sweater, complete with steeks.

I will probably not start this sweater until the beginning of next year, no matter when I finish my Boyfriend Sweater. I hadn’t planned on buying a sweater’s-worth of yarn this year when I planned out my yarn budget, so the yarn for this sweater is going to be my Christmas gift to myself.

I love having plans! Even if the thought of steeks freaks me out a little.

(For you non-knitters, steeks are sections where you intentionally cut your knitting. It’s used for the opening of a cardigan, or a sweater’s armholes. This means you can knit colorwork in the round, and it makes knitting Fair Isle patterns easier and keeps the knitting tension more even. It’s done with yarn that is non-superwash wool, so that the cut edges will stick together and not unravel. It’s all planned out, and time-tested. And it still worries me, because I have never intentionally cut my knitting before.)

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