Seven Day Knit

I haven’t really felt like sewing this week. I think its partly because I’d just like a bit of space from my sewing machine after my Cascade marathon sewing session, and partly because its just so cold in Wellington at the moment! All I want to do is curl up under the heater and knit cosy things to keep me warm when I need to venture outside. 

I cast on the Lesley Sweater from the Home and Away: Knits for Everday Adventures pattern book the Sunday before last, and finished binding it off last Sunday evening. It was such a fast knit, I can’t believe it only took me a week! It helps that its just plain knit, and knit in the round. It also helps that it uses Aran weight yarn! I used Ashford Tekapo wool, which is milled in the South Island. I feel like I should really try to use NZ wool when I can, and this was lovely to knit with. It isn’t as soft as the Cascade 220 I used for my Wickerwork, but it seems to be wearing better. It isn’t scratchy or anything, I can wear it against my skin without any irritation.

I really like the patterns in Home and Away, they’re all pretty basic, useful patterns. Lesley is probably the most basic pattern in the book, but I really liked the neckline and the shaping in it.  


I really debated which size to knit this in, the pattern recommends sizing down if you’re between sizes, but that would have given me 3″ of negative ease. I thought that was a bit much, given how much smaller my Miette Cardigan came up. So I knitted a size 36, which should have given me an inch of positive ease, and its ended up being only just 35″ around. I’m pleased with the fit though, I think it looks good with a bit of negative ease.

The neckline is shaped with short rows, which scared me a bit until I tried them out and realised they were actually pretty easy! I’m not sure I knitted the wraps together right though, becase they’re a bit visible still. I did something really stupid when I was splicing the ends of my wool together though…I rolled the damp felted-together ends up and down my denim clad thigh to smooth them out, and they turned slightly blue! I didn’t notice immediately, but you can kind of see it in the finished jumper. Hopefully it’ll wash out…

My mum picked me up an 80’s knitting book at a book fair last weekend (such huge batwing jumpers, such weird colour blocking!) and it has a really good section at the front on different stitch patterns and a general how-to-knit guide. It suggested blocking knits by wetting a threadbare tea towel, laying it over your pinned out garmebt, and then applying a hot iron to said tea towel, so thats what I did. It worked much better than just using the steam function on my iron, and was much quicker than wet blocking, which made me happy. I left it laid out over night, just to let it dry and settle, and I think its turned out well. 

I’ve alternated it all week with my Wickerwork, and it’d been lovely and warm. It also looks good over my Archer shirts, so thats a plus! I’ve been thinking I should make up another one in stripes… I just need to figure out how to knit stripes in the round without them ending up staggered at the end of the row… 

21 thoughts on “Seven Day Knit

  1. Hi Kirsten, lovely jumper. I have just finished a stripey jumper knit in the round and aaaagh, I’d never do it again – but I’m a pretty crap knitter! Its so hard to weave in the ends imperceptibly and the effort is massive. I even contacted some Craftsy knitting instructors who advised about jogless stripes in the round and then followed up with, “just knit side seams and weave the ends there”. Here is a tutorial I used
    The short rows I used were the japanese type, I found them to leave less holes, also from a Craftsy class but this one is free – Short Rows by Carol Feller. She takes you through a couple of techniques and you get to choose your fave! Best of luck x

  2. This is such a nice, basic sweater. I am really feeling inspired to try to knit a sweater for myself once cooler temperatures roll around again. This looks like one I might be able to handle! I haven’t done any knitting for ages so it will be interesting to see if I remember how it’s done!

  3. Cute! I’m loving all the sweaters you’ve been making. It’s too hot in the states to even think about knitting, even in the far north where I live.
    I kbutted a striped hat once where the jog was avoided by starting stripes in the middle of the row rather than the end. It was a totally seamless look. Also, I wouldn’t necessarily break the yarn at every color change, I would carry it up row by row until you need it again.

  4. Cute! It’s so hot in the states that I can’t think about knitting, even in the far north where I live.
    I knitted a striped hat once where the color change occurred in the middle of the row rather than the end. It made a really perfect, jogless stripe. Also, I wouldn’t break my yarn after every color change. You can just switch to the next color and kind of carry your yarn up row by row until you get to the point where you’ll use it again, unless of course you have like 10 rows between stripes. But if it’s only four or five or something like that you can totally just carry it up.

    1. Interesting idea, starting the stripes in the middle of the row! I’ll need to look into that. It does sound very hot in the northern USA at the moment, my Dad is visiting friends up there and he keeps sending me temperature updates!

  5. LOVE! I’m planning to knit Lesley too, but I started with the Hancock cardigan, which is definitely taking me longer than a week😂 Your Lesley is making me want to knit faster so I can cast on a Lesley soon! Have you seen the Woolful KAL for Home & Away?

    1. Thanks Charlotte! I hadn’t seen the KAL, I’ll need to check it out. I really like the Boothbay cocoon cardigan too, but it needs so much wool! I’ll need to wait for a sale before starting that one…Look forward to seeing your Hancock cardigan!

  6. It looks so warm and cozy! One week! You’re a machine! I’d highly recommend you check out the Techknitter blog. She has an amazing index of tips and one of them is on knitting jogless stripes. I couldn’t be bothered with my $5 in Paris but I did use her tip of how to knit in the ends of the colours as you go – you basically 4 or 5 stitches before you change colour loop the next colour through, then knit your last 4-5 stitches double thickness so that by the time you get to the colour change you’ve woven in your ends and are ready with the next colour. it takes a little practice but it’s a massive time saver in the end…..

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