Current Knitting: Stoddard

The Yarn

In Fall 2013, Harrisville Designs released a new yarn. WATERshed is a 2-ply worsted-weight 100% pure wool yarn. According to their website, WATERshed is “soft-spun, minimally processed, cushy super-heathered woolen yarn!”

Harrrisville Designs WATERshed


The yarn knits up beautifully and has a nice drape when washed. My gauge on US 7’s was 17 stitches and 27 rows over 4 inches (i.e. 4.25 stitches per inch and 6.75 rows per inch.) This colorway, Bancroft, has bits of red, green, and purple.

WATERshed swatch

The Pattern

The yarns are accompanied by a nice selection of very wearable patterns. I was intrigued by the Stoddard pattern. Nice center seam and cuff detail.

Stoddard Pattern Pamphlet

The Knitting

This pullover is knit in two pieces, starting at the sleeve cuff.

Stoddard Sleeve

Next, stitches are cast on to the left and right of the sleeve for the front and back of the sweater.

Stoddard Progress

Then, the piece is worked back and forth until the center of the sweater is reached.

Stoddard Progress Stoddard Progress

Left photo: front complete on one side of sweater with the back still on the needles, Right photo: same piece, folded along center of sleeve with front and front sleeve showing.

Knitting the body in four chunks made the work go by quickly. Rather than knitting one piece, and then the other piece, I alternated (left sleeve, right sleeve, left front, right back, left back, right front). It was much easier to knit from memory this way. Both pieces are now complete.

Stoddard Complete Pieces

Unblocked Sweater Pieces

 

Next up: the finishing.

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