I have this great yarn
(purchased on the recent LYS tour)!
So excited and surprised that one of the LYS's actually carried this yarn, it's so rare!
means that this yarn is 'right off the sheep's back'...undyed and natural.
Anyway, it's very special to me...I wanted to knit a pullover (for a change)...but the HUNT for the perfect pattern.
What a challenge! I spent days swatching for this design and that design. Oh, and worse, rummaging in my Rav Queue, and all my books and leaflets too! Even tried The Sweater Wizard. I was not feelin' the love. It drives me bonkers.
This Manos Clasica Wool Naturals swatches to 16st=4" with a US8...per the label...but it was SO THICK...and the stitches were so dense. I didn't like it.
Now off to find a bulky wt
design. Oy. Never did find the perfect pullover design.
It was getting rather discouraging.
Anyway, FINALLY dragged out my old book called
"25 Gorgeous Sweaters for the Brand-New Knitter"!
Yeah, I'm not a brand-new sweater knitter, but this book is still a GREAT.
There is a pullover on pg 73
, called the Quick Knit Rolled-Edge Pullover...and it is the RIGHT GAUGE for my yarn (13st=4")...but I could not envision my yarn with rolled hem, cuffs and collar. Kinda old school. Something we were excited about in 2004, but now not so much. Kinda like ponchos.
So, now on to page 87.
A pullover with 3 hem/cuff versions, but of course, at worsted weight gauge. Sigh. I liked Version 1 on page 87 for my Manos Pullover.
So that's what I finally did! I melded them together for the perfect sweater!
I knit a swatch to get a good look at it...and last night, while downloading vintage music CD's into my i-Tunes, I cast on for the MODIFIED Manos Pullover! I'm really liking it! I've knit many sweaters that are far more complex, but I feel good about digging up the perfect solution for a particular yarn!
Here is the swatch: the hemline isn't really rocket science.
It's essentially 'broken rib' (knit on RS, k1/p1 on WS), and is preceded and followed by 2 garter ridges. Simple stuff, but I like it. I've used broken rib before for the pattern stitch.
Here is the progress, as of right now:
So that's what I'm up to. I have 4 cami/tanks on the front burner, too, but
won't cast on for them until we're on vacation in the mountains. Tanks are good vacation knitting! Summer is in no rush to show up yet! Sun one day, hail the next.
I am hoping (was hoping) to wear this Manos Clasica Naturals pullover when we are in the mountains next week, but I don't think I'm gonna realize that goal. It still gets cold up there. And my husband's truck air-conditioning is like Alaskan Arctic! It might be 80 degrees outside, but his cab is 40 degrees! It's a constant battle. I lose.