Friday, 1 May 2020

From Sue Booth

Sue sent me an email with some photos and a lovely message to us all.

Hi there,

The raglan woven jacket.
I hope everyone is safe and well. I’m pleased to be able to show you a couple of garments which I have recently knitted. The first is a raglan sleeve woven jacket using 3 strands of Uppinghams fine acrylic 2 ply crepe for the base yarn and 1 strand of Hayfield Bonus Aran Tweed for the weaving yarn. The Aran yarn was bought from the Wool Cabin at Chesterfield.

The second garment is knitted in 1 strand of Uppinghams Lambswool on Tension 8. I followed a 4 ply pattern and achieved the same tension. I washed and pressed the tension square before measuring. I knitted the garment and finished it completely. (At this stage it looks only fit for the dustbin!). I hand washed it and gave it a 600 spin then I placed it nicely in shape on a towel to dry. This only weighs 8 ozs but is lovely and warm. I believe this yarn is the same as the Lambswool sold at the club but always make sure your tension is correct and you are happy with your tension square before knitting your garment.

The lambswool cardigan.

I am sending the instructions for the front band on the Lambswool cardigan.

The neckband was knitted the same but I started on the main tension and reduced the tension by one whole number every 4 rows, i.e. 1st band: T8 knit 4 rows, T7 knit 4 rows, T10 knit 1 row, T7 knit 4 rows, T8 knit 4 rows, pick up first row and knit 1 row. WS facing pick up the garment, knit 1 row and cast off behind the sinkers. 2nd band: T6 knit 4 rows, T5 knit 4 rows, T10 knit 1 row, T5 knit 4 rows, T6 knit 4 rows, pick up first row and knit 1 row. WS facing pick up fold row of first band, knit 1 row and cast off behind the sinkers.

The full instructions for the buttonholes - including pictures - are here and on the Resources page.

I’ve also been doing a bit of crocheting whilst watching telly at night time. I found these slippers on YouTube. I asked for easy crocheted slippers and it came up with several. I thoroughly enjoyed making them and they can go in the Mapperley charity basket.

Hope it won’t be too long before we can meet up again, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, take care, Sue.

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