I was sitting here, trying to ignore the Knight and Neighbor Guy who are in the office today, when I realized I still owed you a finished object report. Not bad… the object isn’t a week off the needles yet, right?
Project: Gretchen’s Everyday Turtleneck
- This was my first project with steeks. I was DELIGHTED to start small, with the leg holes being the steeks. They were far too big though, so once I got my model to quit flying around the house in her new frock, I single crocheted THREE rounds to get a size that’s good for my girl. There’s no way I could have picked up and knitted sleeves according to the directions; I would have had to pick up about a third more stitches and then decrease, and the sleeves would have been too big at the shoulder and sloppy. Not good for a little, active girl.
- As several other Ravelers noted, I saw no reason to knit this flat and then seam, right up the chest. So, I knitted it in the round.
- Again, read those notes other Ravelers write! Likewise, I knew my bouncy dog wouldn’t want a “flowy” sweater. I didn’t like the look of the ribbed edge on the back, so I opted for an i-cord bind-off. It was tedious, but it snugs the bottom edge right up to her belly, which is just what we wanted.
- NOTE: I did a regular bind-off and then tried the crab stitch. It wasn’t “strong” enough to keep the miles of stockinette from rolling, just so you know.
- I knitted a size small and then knitted to 10 inches before I bound off, because as a little girl-dog, Gretchen needs warmth, not a bare belly.
I orginally rated this pattern with two stars, because of all the changes I had to make, but Gretchen REALLY loves this sweater and is quite comfortable in it, so evidently, the basic recipe was a great start.
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Colorspun, colorway #7733. (I know. Isn’t THAT helpful!?) I also wasn’t crazy about the yarn, but see above. Gretchen loves the sweater, loves wearing it, the yarn is easy-care, so it’s a great fit for this project. That it doesn’t feel like buttah sliding through my fingers while I knit isn’t important here.
Needles: #8 Bryspun dpns. After this project, I gave in and bought #8, 16 inch circs.
Hook: Boye G.
Verdict: As much as she likes it, I suppose if ever it wears out, I’ll have to make another. I still want to make her a stranded sweater, so I’ll be looking for patterns with colorwork AND a turleneck.
So… can anyone tell me if dogs really are colorblind? I’m wondering, because Gretchen seems to “see” PANK and assumes (generally, correctly) that anything I’m knitting with PANK yarn must be hers. She did it with her dress, and again (as you can see in the yarn photo) with this project, long before I tried it on her the first time.