The sleeves – like I anticipated – flew from the needles. I am happy and relieved; happy that the dress is finally finished and relieved that it turned out just about what I had hoped for.I started this from the top, used Elizabeth Zimmermann’s percentage for the number of stitches and the ratio of increases for the yoke and Bohus sweaters as inspiration for patterning. I kept referring to Poems of Colour (a book by Wendy Keele) every so often and knitted few rows from the book as they were written there. I truly love the scattered purl stitches that are typical to Bohus designs.I used 400 grams of two-ply woollen spun Finnwool (Pirtin Kehräämö) natural beige for the main colour. The blues and browns are mainly old Alice Starmore Campion but I might have added few Shetland Spindrift into the mix too. The sleeves are simple and finished with few rows of garter stitch. For the most part I knit with 3 mm needles, but while doing garter stitch, I switched to 2,5 mm. I did add one row of brown to the other cuff to echo the brown rows in the yoke, but really this was not necessary and just made me have to weave in two extra ends. But I like the tiny brown row, it is this something that makes the sweater little bit cracked and not too perfect.
As I have mentioned in the previous posts the hem was knit several times. The first time around it was more or less straight hem and I did not like it that way, the second was like the one in the dress now but there were too many increases and it did not look quite as good as this one. I cut down the amount of stitches and got it right the third time. Also there are few garter stitch rows to prevent the hem from rolling up. The dress is not very long, which is hard to tell since I took pictures on the dress form. It is little bit over knee high for me. It feels light and airy. I aimed for loose but not saggy fit, so there are few decreases towards the waist before the increases start for the hem. There were times when I thought that this knit was just dragging on but for the most part I had a good feeling about it.
Since last post we have got some snow, the temperature is well below zero - perfect weather for a wool dress. Right now I don’t know what I will knit next. Part of me does not want to leave the dress behind but thinks that it still needs something added onto it, but part of me is eager to go ahead.
Neither part is winning so my knitting is at standstill. I have a feeling that this will not last long.
Until next next dance,
PS. This last picture was taken later on with the timer to show you how it fits real me.