Once I got to the bottom of the body of my Simple Swoncho on Tuesday, I was determined to finish the sleeves and have a completed sweater by today.
Easy!—I thought. The Simple Swoncho’s sleeves are not meant to cover the whole arm–due to the low placement of the sleeve openings, they are the length of the forearm.
So, off I went. I started each sleeve with the 9 rounds of stockinette that I’d eliminated from the yoke, to make up that bit of length on the sleeve, and then I worked 1 x 1 ribbing for 7 or 8 inches and bound off.
As a clever reader pointed out to me, the Simple Swoncho’s sleeves don’t really make you a castaway on Sleeve Island—you can cross it in a short hike.
Yesterday afternoon, I hunkered down, watching two episodes of Masterpiece Theatre’s Us, a rueful and faintly funny drama about a couple who go on a tour of Europe with their teenage son after one of them has declared the marriage over. (It’s ultimately quite good, as you’d expect from Tom Hollander and Saskia Reeves.)
Those 3+ hours of knitting got me halfway across Sleeve Island, and that’s where I had to leave it at the deadline for this post. So close!
I think a wet block will lengthen it a bit more, but hopefully not much more, as I like where the hem hits.
The Yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Company’s Organic studio worsted in the Palisades shade.
I love the feel of this sweater almost as much as the color. Organic Studio Worsted has a marvelous spring on the needles, and an equally wonderful swing to the finished fabric. It feels smooth, substantial, and bouncy. The stitch definition is so good it makes me regret, a little, that I swapped in garter bands instead of going with the design’s original cables. Oh well, I’ll just have to use this yarn again, for a cable project!
Help! I have resting Mom face! (text me when you get there.)
It’s not too late to join the Karidalong—our knitalong of Karida Collins’s designs for MDK Field Guide No. 18: Beginnings. You too could have a Simple Swoncho for swanning around the fall fiber festivals! Come on in!