I must show you this photo of my daughter in her newly completed Precious from Kim Hargreaves Heartfelt - The Dark House Collection
I am so proud of her!!
It's Kidsilk Haze and beaded all over. Hasn't she made a good job of it?
It was only last year, on holiday in France, that she asked me to show her how to knit. She wasn't a complete beginner having learnt the basic stitches when she was at Primary school (and probably did the usual scarf for a teddy) but she hadn't been interested since then until last year - 25+ years later. Luckily I'd brought lots of exciting yarns and a good selection of needles so I could show her a bit of what knitting today is all about. And she's been hooked!! It's so nice having a real live knitter to chat to!
She hasn't got a blog (yet) but I've got her addicted to Ravelry and I'm sure the blog won't be long....
I've arrived very late to this type of construction of a sweater which has the try-it-on as you go appeal and no seaming!!
There are loads of them about - all the Zephyrstyle ones and the Knitting Pure and Simple range for example but I couldn't find exactly what I wanted. So many of them have wide/loose necklines and while not wanting a tight rollneck or tight crewneck, I definitely didn't want one that was so loose that I would keep fidgeting with it to stop it falling off my shoulders.
Then I saw this on Sarah's blog.....exactly what I was looking for but no pattern.
I'm not really very confident about knitting without a pattern but with Barbara Walker's book "Knitting from the Top", Pamela Costello's "Incredible Custom-fit Raglan Sweater" from Woolworks and modifying Stephanie Japel's "Raglan from the top down" I've arrived at what I hope will be just what I wanted.
Its still got one sleeve to go but I can't resist a progress picture.
I think it's going to fit ok but I didn't try it on as much as I should and my tension varies so much as I go along. I've really enjoyed knitting this way so it'll be the blueprint for lots of future ones