Ok so what am I doing? Well you see I have this pattern by Sirdar which uses the Nomad range of wool. But I wanted to make it in a chunky wool..........can you see where I'm going with this? No? Well I decided to make this cardigan/jacket with a different wool still by Sirdar but in their Indie range which happens to be very chunky and thick. I like this pattern because there is no shaping involved - just squares/rectangles for back, fronts and sleeves. So how hard can that be to knit up?
I made a tension piece with the Indie wool using 5.5mm needles and it came out the same size as the instructions for using the Nomad (15 sts and 25 rows to 4in/11cm in garter stitch) and I thought great here I go. I have to say the ladies in the wool shop were/are still skeptical as to whether this is going to work or not.
Today I finished the back and it has taken 7 and a bit balls of wool to make (short version). The challenge is going to be in making up the fronts as they knitted lengthways with 104 stitches and the challenge there is that I can't fit 104 stitches onto my needles so I have decided that I will knit it width ways up (if that makes sense). However my concern is that I won't be able to get the collar to fall over the way it's supposed to.
I've started knitting the front today using 28 stitches but I think I may have to shape the collar or just have it without and have straight fronts and then do something creative with the edges - sounds like a plan? Anyway here is a picture of the back and the start of the front.
Now that you've read what I've been up to why not pop on over to Wendy's Handmade Monday blog and see what everyone else has been up to.