Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Finished Project: Ghyll Sweater by Flossi Knits

 I can't begin to tell you how pleased I am to be writing about an actual finished project. It has been such a long time since I last wrote a post like this. I was pretty burnt out after finishing the last of my Minerva projects so even though I have definitely made several things, I haven't had the slightest desire to actually photograph and blog about them.

Today, if you hadn't guessed from the title, I am going to be sharing my finished Ghyll sweater which is also my first finished project of 2022. To be fair, I've had it 97% completed for several weeks. Completing the neckband still needed to be done and for some reason it took me ages to get that sorted. I am absolutely thrilled with how this sweater came out! I think it might possibly have won the award of "favorite hand-knit sweater I've made so far". Everything about it is exactly the way I envisioned it when I was originally planning this project.

The Ghyll sweater is a pattern designed by Claire Walls of Flossi and the Flossi podcast on Youtube. It is a beautiful, all-over textured design with a cable running down the center front. The double moss stitch is as simple as stockinette while being slightly more engaging. The cable is actually made up of one simple twist combined in different ways to create that statement effect. I'm not familiar enough with cable knitting to know if that is always the case with cables or if this is something different. Regardless, I was quite happy that it wasn't complicated! You can find the pattern on Ravelry or Claire's website.

I knit the third size, 39 inch bust, and I used the recommended needles. The pattern is intended to have 2 inches of positive ease, but I generally prefer my sweaters to be exactly my bust measurement or even slightly less so that they are quite fitted. It's either that style or very oversized! I personally find the in-between slightly oversized sweaters to be a little weird and not as flattering on me.

I used some of my hand dyed yarn on a 75/25 superwash merino/nylon base in a gorgeous forest green. To say I am pleased with how the yarn turned out would be an understatement. I don't always have such success with the colors of my hand dyed yarn turning out the exact shade I am going for, but in this case it was absolutely perfect. I've wanted to knit Ghyll since it was released and I always pictured it in a rich green. Something about the moss stitch and cable combined with green made me think of Irish and Celtic myths or legends and it just always seemed to go together.

I am a big fan of Claire's patterns. I have been able to test knit for her several times and have also purchased her patterns (Ghyll being one of the latter) to knit just because I love the designs so much. She is excellent at pattern writing with everything being clearly explained. She is also now starting to release tutorial videos on her Youtube channel to accompany any tricky techniques in her patterns. Her knitting podcast is lovely to watch as well so I highly recommend checking it out!


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