The conversation involved knitting a sweater without a written pattern. Not a new concept, but we thought about the process of creating a sweater, slowing down, and being mindful about our knitting. Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts (Interweave Press, 1985) was the perfect book for inspiration. I used the garter stitch split hem from The Basic Blouse and The Basic Gansey for the rest of the sweater. It was easy to look through my books and sketching ideas on my Boogie Board. Choosing the yarn was another matter. Keeping in mind the function of the sweater, Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool was the perfect choice for my camping/hiking/working sweater. The price point of the yarn was great and using a couple of JoAnn, Etc coupons, the purchase was even more attractive. Fisherman's Wool is 100% wool, it comes in eight-ounce/465-yard skeins, it is worsted weight, and hand-washable. The skeins of Oatmeal Heather felt softer than the skeins of Brown Heather and the light-color skeins were the same dye lot.
|Sweater design elements from one book and a stitch pattern from another book. I searched through many stitch dictionaries before settling on a simple Ridged Rib. The pattern is a multiple of 2 + 1 stitches and a four-row repeat.|
|My Gansey sweater in progress. Two purl stitches at each side, the underarm gusset and the Ridged Rib stitching at the chest. There will be Ridged Rib stitching on the sleeves at the upper arm above the elbow.|
|The underarm gusset stitches are on a holder. The front and back are knit separately.|
|Markers placed every twelve stitches to keep the sheep in order.|
|I ended up frogging to the top of the brown zigzag and re-working that section of the yoke.|
|The blocked Flock, ready to wear.|