Sunday, December 18, 2011
FO: Millwater, the knit before Christmas
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. : )