Saturday, August 21, 2021

Knitting a Ghyll sweater Part 1

Claire Walls of Flossi Knits is one of my all time favorite knitting pattern designers. I've test knit for her on several occasions and purchased several of her patterns with my own money. I love her style and every one of her patterns that I've made so far has been clearly explained and a pleasure to knit. She also has a Youtube knitting podcast now that I highly recommend you check out!

I cast on her Ghyll sweater last week. I have had my eye on this pattern for a couple of years now, pretty much since the moment it was released. It is a beautiful design and I think I'll get loads of wear out of it once it is completed.

I am using some of my hand dyed yarn in this gorgeous forest green colorway. This is on a 75/25 superwash merino/nylon blend and it is a DK weight with about 245 yards/100g. Not every color I dye turns out the way I want it to, but this one certainly did. It is a rich, deep color with bits of lighter green peeping out here and there.

I love this pattern. Just as much as I hoped I would. It has more interest than a plain stockinette sweater, but it isn't so complex that I have to refer to the pattern for every single stitch. I did have to pay a little more attention as I was increasing over the yoke section, but even then the increase rows are easy to memorize and the moss stitch quite mindless.

Doesn't this cable look perfectly splendid? I think the large cable down the front and the overall moss stitch is one of the coziest combinations. I am enjoying the process of knitting this sweater, but I really cannot wait until it is done and I can wear it non-stop. I am planning to make it a little more cropped than the original pattern. I dislike wearing tops that go halfway down my hips. I'll probably make it about 2-3 inches longer than my natural waistline. Then I can comfortably wear it with dresses or skirts or under my denim overalls.

I'll keep you updated on how it is coming. And if you know of any similar knitting patterns that are 99% mindless, I'd love to know about them!


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