October 4, 2015

F.O. Mailin in Plucky Knitter Scholar

Did you ever knit a pattern where every moment spent on it was so relaxing and it simply made you happy?  That's what happened when I was knitting this beautiful sweater by Isabell Kraemer called Mailin.  The pattern was well written and easy to follow, and the combination of pattern and yarn just worked out beautifully.  The yarn I chose for this project was the colourway Twill in Plucky Knitter Scholar, a lovely combination of merino (75%) and cashmere (25%). 

Plucky Knitter:  Scholar
Although I had other projects on the go, including two other sweaters, it was this project that I wanted to knit the most.  This pattern was straight forward, which I really appreciated, as my work life was extremely hectic during the time I knit it. Scholar was lovely to work with and I have found that a sweater knit up in this yarn is soft, lofty and warm. Knitting in a worsted weight yarn is so satisfying as you feel like you are making quick progress.  



I used three circular needles to knit the sleeves instead of the suggested dpns. I find that when using dpns my gauge gets much tighter and I have to adjust either the stitches and/or the needle size.  But using three circular needles completely solves the problem and I knit in a gauge that is consistent with the rest of the sweater.

Using circular needles on my sleeves
Instead of using the suggested M1R/M1L increases in the sleeve area I choose to use lifted increases as recommended in the Craftsy video:  Essential Techniques You Should Know by knitting expert Sally Melville.  It is Sally's preferred increase. This video is an excellent resource that I highly recommend…I use it over and over again and I think even the most experienced knitter would discover some helpful tips.


Anyway here is the finished product...I am so pleased with it.  This is one of these sweaters that I am looking forward to snuggling into as the days get cooler.  And I will always remember how knitting this sweater, during one of my busiest times at work, really helped me relax after a long day.  Knitting is magical, don't you agree?







10 comments:

  1. What a beautiful knit piece! Yarn looks absolutely amazing!

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    1. Thank you Alina! That was my first project using Plucky Knitter yarn and I really enjoyed it.

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  2. I love the sweater, it looks gorgeous. I was wondering why the sleeves were knit with 3 circulars instead of just 2 circulars?

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    1. Thanks April! I just used three circulars as I found it easier to move the stitches around but two would work as well.

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  3. ooh, the yarn is a fabulous choice , and the finished sweater looks amazing!!

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    1. Thanks Julie! I seriously don't want to take this sweater off : )

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  4. What an absolutely stunning knit!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a great pattern.

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  5. Your finished sweater looks lovely and very stylish. Interesting that you use 3 cable needles to knit the sleeves. I used to knit with dps all the time. Then I knit my first pair of socks with the magic loop method using cable needles and with all the practice I got there I started using really long cables all the time. Last time I knit sleeves I even knit two sleeves at the same time using cable and magic loop. Now I wouldn't go back to dps anymore. It just took a bit of practice to know how to move the cable in the beginning...

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