Light and pink and loving it (pinks, part 3)

This sweater has been nearly-there for a few weeks; only the buttons were missing. A couple of days ago I finally had time to go button-hunting, and I was happy to find nice ones on the first go. Let me present, my 10 day sweater (Ravelry link to the pattern) (which definitely wasn’t finished in 10 days, due to several other projects).

10 days

This pattern is by Villapeikko. The simplicity immidiately caught my eye, and as I realized I had some nice yarn in my stash, I put it in the top-five of my queue. I began my 10 Days (Ravelry link) in late April, and despite of rather thin yarn it was quite quick to knit, thanks to needles of 4 mm.

The yarn I chose for this sweater is old Novita Wool (100% wool) which I bought several years ago from sale, and the contrast colour was some random skein of off-white Novita Wool. The amount of yarn needed was less than 450 grams.

10 days

Though somewhat simple, there are a lot of nice details to this sweater. The hem is asymmetrical, and there’s a button band for decoration.

10 days

Similar button bands can be found in the front, too. Since I have no intention of unbuttoning the sweater, there are no button holes.

10 days

In the original pattern, the sleeves were knitted in reverse stockinette. In my sweater, I decided to knit the sleeves in stockinette instead. There were also a few more of the purled stripes in the cuffs of the pattern, but I only knitted five of them.

10 days

This sweater is light and soft and lovely to wear. The size is perfect, and the sleeves are exactly the right lenght. I’m sure this will be my number one summer sweater in the coming years.

10 days

This sweater completes my straight flush of pink sweaters. There’s more pink on my needles, though – I was nearly running out of UFO’s, so I balanced out the situation by casting on a couple of projects during the weekend. Don’t hold your breath, though; it might takea a while or two before those are finished.

The best sweater ever (pinks, part 2)

I have my suspicions what comes to bulky yarn and thick needles. I had bought eight skeins of pink Novita Saana (100% wool) from sale a few years back, and I had a pullover in mind. But the perfect pattern?

There it was, in Hold your needles by Tikru and Villapeikko. Pattern called Paju (Ravelry link) by Tikru looked appealing to me, and since the yarn weight was a close-enough match, there was no need to look any further. (Ravelry link to my Paju)

Paju on needles

It was a rather quick and easy project to knit. Reading the errata available in Ravelry is a good idea, though. (Of course I first struggled and only then went to Ravelry to look for help.)

Paju

My choise for the needles were 5,5 mm (the suggested needle-size for the yarn is 6 mm). Above the waist, I knitted the leaf-pattern for one extra time, to make sure that the waist decreases were to land on my waist and not above.

Paju

The yarn was so thick that I split the ends in two before weaving them in. That way the ends are perfectly invisible.

I knitted the (turtle)neck until I was running out of yarn. I had left quite long ends for sewing the underarms, but that was no exaggeration: to make the stitches in the underarms nice and tight I had to use every bit of yarn I had. But as they say: if there was enough, then there was enough.

Paju

I had my suspicions on how this sweater would turn out. I’m happy to say that it turned out perfect. The size I chose was perfect, the colour is perfect, the pattern was fun (and quick!) to knit and it looks light and it’s a dream to wear.

Now I’m just asking: how long until the chilly weather?

Paju

(Do note the background. During the photoshoot there was heavy rain. Thank goodness for verandahs.)

Pink(ish) for summer and winter

I’m rather true to myself in choosing colours. I had an old, old yarn Rondo Pinja (35 % cotton, 48 % acetate, 11 % acrylic, 6 % polyester) by Helsingin Villakehräämö Oy/Rondo. I assume that the yarn is from the 1990’s or perhaps even older than that.

Pinkish for summer

(Please, ignore my serious trouble trying to keep my eyes open. Blame it on the sun.)

Began this project in June 2008 (Ravelry link). The yarn was hidious to knit (needle size 5), but I just love the bulky texture with pink, purple and gray stripes on white.

Pinkish for summer

Had difficulty first picking out the pattern, figuring out the right shape for the sleeves and finally figuring out the neckline.

The sweater is knit in stockinette stitch, with a touch of lace on sleeves, hem and neckline. Could have given the sweater some more shape around the waist, but the yarn was rather unpredictable.

Pinkish for summer

I finished the sweater in 2009, but only managed to weave in the ends last summer (no news). Today I finally wore it for the first time, apart from the photo shoot.

*****

My all-time favourite shade of Nalle Colori (75% wool, 25% nylon) is definitely the one with pink and grey.

Earlier, I had knit a wine-coloured sweater with V-shaped neckline and simple stockinette and lace texture. I’ve worn that sweater so much, though it turned out to be too loose and over the years it has lost all it’s shape.

Therefore I decided to make another, but perhaps a bit more fitting one, of my favourite colours (Ravelry link).

Pinkish for winter

Well, I might have gone a bit overboard with trying to make the pattern fit better. On the other hand, if this sweater does the same as the one before, this will be more or less loose in no time.

A little bit of extra length would have not hurt, though – I tend to like my sweaters a bit longer than this.

Pinkish for winter

Began the project in November 2010 and knitted it every once in a while, making slow progress. Finally took up sewing the seams a week ago. Yes, why hurry?

Pinkish for winter

Two more pink projects to present. Stay tuned!