With about twice as many people interested in it than any other pattern, the winning vintage pattern for our short-sleeved sweater knit-along is Briar Rose!
|[ From A Rarer Borealis ]|
I know some of you may be disappointed we won’t be doing one of the other patterns, so if you’d like to knit along with one of them or drastically tweak Briar Rose you’re welcome to, but know that I will be tailoring all of my tips and tricks to Briar Rose. Though hopefully, they’ll be useful in your knitting elsewhere!
Here are the specs on the pattern as written. Remember, we’re going to be able to change a lot of this if we want to. I'll probably bore you to tears talking about that so much, in fact. :)
The pattern for Briar Rose is available online at A Rarer Borealis here (specifically the images to print are here and here).
Bust: to fit 32”-34” (actual finished bust size is approx. 33.5”)
Needle sizes: Australian size 12 for the ribbing and 10 for the body, which is the equivalent of US size 2 for the ribbing and 3 for the body (our numbers go in the opposite direction). In metric, this is 2.75mm needles for the ribbing and 3.25mm for the body.
Yarn: It calls for a vintage yarn that obviously is no longer available, but it’s a fingering weight yarn (4 ply, or sock yarn).
Extras: 3 small buttons
Gauge/tension: 13 sts over 2” by 17 rows over 2”. This works out to 6.5 stitches per inch (spi) by 8.5 spi row gauge. Row gauge is more difficult to match and I almost never worry about what a pattern’s row gauge is if mine is slightly off. We will use the pattern’s row gauge when we estimate our yardage, however, so keep it in the back of your head that the pattern gauge is 6.5 stitches per inch across, by 8.5 rows per inch.
I’ve created a few different sizes of banners for use on your own blog if you’d like to show everyone you're knitting along! Link them back to:
This is going to be a really rough estimate, but I wanted to at least give you a basic idea of when I’ll be posting certain topics. This knit-along will run from March 1st (cast on date) through May 15th. That gives us two and a half months of actual knitting time, with all of February as our prep month. I decided three months might be a tad too long to keep everyone excited and interested, but we’ll play this by ear, don’t worry!
Week of Jan 31
Estimating yardage, Yarn and supplies, Fit for a vintage sweater
Week of Feb 5
Initial thoughts on resizing the pattern and gauge, Planning for modifications if you'd like to tweak the pattern
Week of Feb 14
Swatching and washing your swatch, Determining your gauge
Week of Feb 21
Re-sizing the pattern, Knit it flat or in the round?
Week of March 1
Cast on (yay!), Types of increases
Week of March 21
Thoughts on alternate sleeves
Week of March 28
Week of April 4
Gauge changes between flat and round
Week of April 18
Week of April 25
Week of May 2
Sewing things together
Week of May 9
Wear your sweater (yay!)
Wow, that's a lot to cover! I wonder if I should be worried? ;)
I’m warning you now... my knit-along post coming later in the week on estimating yardage so you can prepare to buy your yarn is going to have a TON of info, and so will my post next week about resizing the pattern. I may end up revisiting these topics more than once because they are so important and there's that much info to share!
Now, a question for you guys: do you think a Flickr group would help you out? I know a few sew-alongs have done that, and it makes a lot of sense for them. I'm not sure if it would be that useful for a knit-along or not, but it might as it could give you a place to post progress photos and ask questions. What do you think?
That's all for now. Let me know if you have any initial questions. And for anyone new to my blog who's interested in knitting with us, please check out the prelim post to get the initial scoop. Everyone is welcome to join!