Knitting, Liberty, Quilting and the Pursuit of Yarn
Friday, February 28, 2014
Elder DD's gansey sweater. The patterns are authentic; I have them in a couple of my Scottish knitting patterns books. But the yarn is not. It is a cushy, woolly undyed yarn, theoretically of DK weight. Nope. It really is a worsted weight. I checked it out against Galway worsted, and they are the same. I'm using size 5 needles with a gauge over stockinette of 4.75 sts/inch. So that makes it worsted in my book. It's a perfect gauge, not flimsy, and not board-like.
I have about 9.25" done on the body with about 7" to go. 16" for the body + 8.5 for the armhole. That should make it long enough for her.
Here's a closeup of the pattern. It's so mindlessly fun to do. I love it when I no longer need a chart to know where I am. Then I can motor on without constantly counting stitches. You'll notice the stitch markers. I use those to set off the patterns. The safety pin that you can see over on the right of the top picture - I like to keep track of how far I've knit each day.