Another set of photos from my fabulous Sarah, I don’t know how I’d blog without her!
My mum was doing a big clear out of yarn recently (honestly, her yarn stash could clothe a small nation, if it were ever knitted up. I look at my stash and see the apple didn’t fall far from the tree) and she decided to give me some, unbeknownst to me. So imagine my delight when A skein and a bit of beautiful teally blue Cascade Eco Plus 12-ply yarn turned up at my house! How very exciting!
I was between projects and decided a quick 12-ply small project was just what I needed, so I hit Ravelry and found the Retro Rogue tucked away in my favourites.
As the yarn was a skein and a tiny bit, I weighed the small bit and did some simply math to see how much yardage there was, and was disappointed to find out that I was short. But Mama Magpie, being cleverer than me, suggested I do the same for the full skein as sometimes they’re over the marked weight, and sure enough, it was, and it meant I had just enough yardage! I was delighted and cast on.
As I was travelling and wanted to take this with me, and didn’t want to run the risk of loosing the little ball, I cast on with that and joined the big ball in after only about a dozen rows. The pattern is super easy. The whole thing is 2×2 rib, with one row of decreases very cleverly done so that it remains 2×2 rib afterwards. It is basically a giant cross shape, with 8 stitches cast on at each end part way through and then the same cast off to create the “arms” of the cross, which in turn become the sleeves. It is folded in half at the end into a T shape and seamed up the sides, and tadah!
The whole thing took me about 2 weeks and being 12-ply required very little actual knitting time. I did realise at one point I’d stuffed up a stitch in the rib and had to drop down about 30 rows to fix it, but it was worth it, and other than that it was the easiest thing have ever knitted. The yarn is really smooshy and snuggly too.
I did have one irritation with it though. Although I made no modifications to it at all I used less yardage for my size than it called for. How do I know this? Because I ended up with a much bigger bit leftover than I expected. In fact, the part skein I finished with was bigger than the part-skein in the original parcel. Yep. I could have made the whole thing out of the full skein and wouldn’t have had to join and weave in the ends. Argh!
The other thing is that my sleeves appear to be a bit shorter than some of the models on Ravelry, but I think I’ll cope with this. Now I just need to work out how best to wear it!
If you’re looking for a for a quick satisfying knit this is a great project, let me know if you try it out!