Sunday, December 18, 2011

FO: Millwater, the knit before Christmas

That's it - no more Christmas knitting this year!

This is for a nineteen-year old girl cousin.  She lives in Scotland and enjoys outdoor activities like horse-riding, so I think this will go down well.

She usually gets a hand-knitted hat, but as I was already halfway through knitting this when I remembered, it was easier to finish this off and divert it to the Christmas Knits pile than to start something new.


Pattern:  Millwater by Beth Kling

Yarn:  Rowan RYC Cashsoft Aran, half of a £5 Lucky Bag from Kemps.  I only had 5 x 50g, which allowed me to knit 15 cable crosses.  The pattern specifies 17... and that extra 2 would be a good thing when it comes to wearing it doubled:  it is borderline too snug, definitely snuggly!


I reckon a near-beginner could knit this if they had a more experienced friend to call on at the beginning and the end.

At the risk of giving away all the designer's secrets, it starts with a provisional cast-on. That's the only hard thing really:  making it at the beginning and unzipping it at the end. 

Confession:  I am rubbish at provisional cast-ons.

The cable is a simple reversible rib, and you do a cable twist every x rows.  The bits on either side of the cable are plain knitting - easy!

The actual cable twist is a big fella, and if you don't already have a cable needle (with a kink in it) now would be a good time to get one as otherwise you are going to drop stitches.

Mine came free with Knit Now magazine and it is the kind of lethal implement that gets knitters thrown off aeroplanes.  But you will need it to keep this fella under control.


To my eye, it looks very "fashion-y".  Very "2011".  The pages of catalogues like Hush are full of these loops of luxury-fibre knitting worn by women with improbably perfect hair.

Is it an Infinity Cowl?  A Snood?  Who knows!

I will tell you this:  it is wonderfully warm, especially when it is doubled up.  I took my photographs at 11am this morning and it was minus 4 degrees out there.  The only bit of me that wasn't freezing was my neck.

I love the squooshy 3-D cable, which looks exactly the same on both sides - imagine that!
I will give this one away, because it is Christmas after all.

But the NEXT one will be for ME.  : )


ashley0107 said...

It's gorgeous!! You definitely have to make one for yourself :)
I'm working on the Stockholm scarf currently, and I can't wait for it to be finished. It's cold and windy, and my scrunchable scarf isn't quite wide enough to keep all of the wind out!
Cowls and chunky scarves do seem to be 'in' at the moment. Finally a sensible trend ;)
Ashley x

christinelaennec said...

That is gorgeous! Lucky Scottish cousin. I would go so far as to say it looks very 2012! x

didyoumakethat said...

That is absolutely GORGEOUS. Whoever receives that is very lucky indeed. You're right, it looks straight out of Vogue. Can I make myself another snood...

Rubybamboo said...

Gorgeous. Great when you have just the right yarn in your stash. It will make a wonderful present.

Anna said...

That's lovely, I've added it to my queue and am trying to think of a nice squooshy yarn that I can use for it. Happy Christmas!

Lynne said...

That's gorgeous!! What a shame you can't keep it for yourself. Good luck with the one for you. It looks pretty chilly in those photos!! :)

Alessa said...

Wow, it's so incredibly pretty! How nice of you to give it away!

cindy said...

Love Millwater on you! It's a great pattern. Methinks I'll be wanting to knit this soon. Christmas knitting is still ongoing. Wish I could knit for me.

Have a Merry Christmas.

Sarah said...

How beautiful!! I wish I knew how to knit, or maybe I should just wish that I was your Scottish cousin! (That would be more likely to happen than me knitting!!)

Hope your FL is doing okay with his painful jaw.

Have the Merriest of Holidays!!

Scruffybadger said...

Pure envy. Snood or infinity cowl lust. Not good so close to Christmas - how can this ever be satisfied by a houseful of men?

I also need to be aware of these potential wool bargains .... I am feeling the need for a yarn stash!

mooncalf said...

Oh that is really lovely. Something about the garter stitch and the big thick cable just makes it *look* squooshy and warm. It really suits you too - you should knit another for yourself. Or keep it ;)

Joy said...

Gorgeous! And such a pretty color, too.

Minnado said...

It's lovely. I like the oversized quality to it and it looks so soft and warm.
Thank you for the comment you left. I am glad the parcel arrived. x

faeriecollege said...

I remember being just a leeeettle bit disappointed when I bought that pattern, because of the "that's it?" moment. But in retrospect it should have been more a "THAT'S IT?! EUREKA!" moment.

Simple, yet effective. And I think it looks beautiful on you, and the cousin with doubtless love it.

sarahel said...

Just gorgeous