Startitis, Part II (and a helpful hint.)

Since Craig’s Cobblestone dried from blocking, he has worn it EVERY SINGLE DAY. I knew my husband was knitworthy (he wore his Knucks until the yarn started fraying and always has a hand knit hat in his guitar case), but that’s more impressive than I had imagined.

I don’t doubt for a second that his second hand knit sweater will receive just as much play. This is another Jared Flood pattern, Smokin’, from Son of Stitch ‘n’ Bitch. Craig fell in love with this sweater and wants it exactly as pictured, so I’m using Rowan Scottish Tweed Chunky in Lobster. I am knitting this sweater at a tighter gauge, a)because Craig is skinny and needs smaller than the smallest size and b)like me, Craig is cold natured, and a smaller gauge means a warmer sweater. At 3.5 stitches per inch, the sweater should come out to be the perfect size (39.5″, in case anyone is wondering.) It is a bit hard on my hands, but the sweater isn’t so dense that it doesn’t stretch – there’s still plenty of spring in the fabric.

I started this pattern after working all day Sunday and was simply too lazy to track down the scissors and tapestry needle necessary to use waste yarn for holding stitches. A little improvisation and I had a different kind of stitch holder: a large paperclip! Simply slide the stitches on to the paperclip and twist it so they don’t fall off. When I decided to use a paperclip, it was supposed to be a temporary measure, but I plan on leaving it – why not, it works perfectly?

Tomorrow: Startitis, Part III – February Lady Sweater #2.

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