A Little Drama

I made a sweater. I only do this about once a year, so it’s a big deal for me. I got the book Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan and knew by the end of the day that I had to make the Hex Coat. Not as crazy as it may sound — I had been shopping for a long sweater/coat and finding nothing but crappy acrylic in boring colors, so this was actually a piece I wanted in my wardrobe.

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The yarn is Peruvian Sierra Aran from elann.com in Sangria. I’m not great with wool — it tends to itch — so I got a ball, knit a swatch, and wore it under my shirt for a few hours. Not bad.

I started knitting Thanksgiving weekend and finished in time to wear to the ASG meeting first Tuesday of January (I know, I’m slow with pictures). I’ve worn it a lot since then, hoping to get somewhere near parity on knitting vs wearing hours. I can’t believe how many compliments I’ve gotten on it.

I made a couple of changes. First, I knit the body in one piece. No side seams to sew, and every row has a little shaping on the end to keep it interesting. I also dropped one hexagon worth of length. At the time, I had knit to the armhole and the body reached my knees. I should have eliminated at least one more, since the body has stretched quite a bit with wearing. I like the loose gauge, though, since I tend to run hot and a more solid fabric would be too hot to wear indoors. I should also have shortened the sleeves a couple of inches. As for sizing, I made the medium, with a finished bust size almost exactly matching my measurements, since I wanted this to fit close. I think the diameter is perfect. I considered bust short rows but decided that there was so much stretch that it wasn’t necessary. Probably a good call — there doesn’t seem to be a great need, and with the stretching length, the chances that I’d have gotten them in the right place are slim.  I also sewed a bit of twill tape to the shoulder seams to keep them from stretching, which seems to be working — the shoulders stay where they’re supposed to.

Please forgive the goofy look in the picture.   I use the remote on my camera and it has a delay that’s just long enough to let me get antsy.

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One Response to “A Little Drama”

  1. dailystitches Says:

    This is a lovely color, and you did a great job. Very elegant!

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