Winding Down by Heidi Kirrmaier
Malabrigo Rios in Holly Hock (Worsted 210 yds/192m per 100g, 100% superwash merino wool)
Pattern: Would be £5.69 but I bought a few so got a 20% off multibuy discount, so £4.55.
Yarn: I bought 6 but could have done it in 5 skeins. The 5.03 skeins I used cost £57.80. (I can make something with the remaining 97 grams so not including the cost of that part.)
Total (excluding labour): £62.34
Started – 12th September 2021
Finished – 29th October 2021
What an enjoyable knit…well once I got the right yarn, size and short row choices made! There is just enough interest on every row to stop it getting boring.
The construction is all in one, top down, yoke, then raglan, then the body. There are no waist decreases yet it does seem to lie slightly like there were some.
This is the 5th pattern of Heidi’s I have knitted. Not only do I like her designs and I’m used to the way her patterns are written, but for each of her patterns she has a folder in Ravelry, where you can ask questions and get advice.
My finished version is size M2 and I only made a couple of modifications:
When picking up stitches under the arm, to ensure there was no hole, I picked up an extra stitch and then knitted two together through back loop (k2togtbl) on the next round.
Heidi’s pattern uses yarn over short rows and I did not get on with these at all and had some very awkwardly placed holes! So when I ripped it back again, I did German short rows and will always use these going forward. They are like magic!
My first attempt was in WYS aran croft yarn that was a bit scratchy for a jumper with a turtle neck. The Malabrigo is perfect for it, soft, lovely stitch definition.
My swatch made me think I should knit the size Large, and I did actually knit half the large body before I ripped it back. I then made some errors and the short rows were a holey mess so I did quite a lot of ripping out. Overall I think the yarn coped very well with all the ripping out.
I already have a cardigan (Chimney Fire) in the same yarn and know how comfortable and next to skin soft it is. If I had done my yarn joins with shorter tails then I could have got this out of 5 skeins. My tension on gauge swatches is clearly totally different to knitting garments. Will I remember next time? Probably not.