As you may know from my last post (and my grumbling on Instagram) I haven’t had much time to sew over the last couple of months. I’ve theoretically had time in the evening but I’ve been too tired and sewing when tired means I make a complete mess of things. I have however managed to do a bit of knitting: this is the Chuck Sweater by Andi Satterlund:
The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash in Provence (colour 1975) from Laughing Hens. It’s a really soft merino wool which I’ve used for my last two Miettes. The colour is a very Tomatoey Red, a bit darker than the picture shows.
I cast on a Large which is a 41 inch bust. There are three stitch patterns for the cabling, the outer two are easy but the centre needs a bit of attention. It started out really well, the back was knitted then put on hold, the shoulders were picked up and then the neckline cast on. I got to the point where the underarms are cast on and it gets joined in the round without making any mistakes…. Then I realised it was twisted at the shoulder and I’d twisted my stitches when I cast on the front neckline! There were tears, I threw it in the corner and swore a lot. I spent a day sulking but decided to get back on the horse and sort it out. I painfully ripped back all the cabling and started again at the neckline (making sure I didn’t twist it this time)
As is usually the case I made a few mistakes second time around and had to rip back a few rows but I eventually got to the bottom of it. I added one repeat of the first stitch pattern at the bottom to add a bit of length. I think it looks a little off balance though so if I knit it again I’ll have to have a rethink about how to add length. Although it took a few weeks to knit the body I managed to steam out both sleeves in five nights. I can never figure out why it takes so little time to knit a sleeve, anybody who sews will know that a sleeve is surprisingly big when laid flat, the time versus surface area continuum seems to be slightly skewed for some reason. I knitted the sleeves to the pattern, they are designed to be three quarter length but on me they were full.
I got a bit of a spurt on finishing as we were off to Anglesey for the week. Going by how great the British summer has been I was determined to be prepared and a sweater seemed far more practical than a new swimsuit. As it was the first three days were scorching hot (I burnt my knees knitting on the beach!) and although it did get a little overcast at times the rest of the week the rain mostly left us alone. Here’s some location shots, the not so little one acted as photographer but I could only get him to take a few before he went off rambling over the rocks.
I really love the finished sweater and with Autumn just around the corner (or rather knocking on the door) I know it’ll get a lot of wear.
10 thoughts on “My Anglesey Chuck Sweater”
What an amazing sweater!! I am so in awe of people who can knit sweaters – it seems like such a big commitment and so much work! I love the colour and paired with your jean shorts it looks amazing!
I knit in the evenings while watching telly, if I haven’t had chance to do any sewing at least I’m being productive!
It looks great! And much needed given the rubbish summer we have had, although it looks like you were ok in Anglesea – gorgeous photos! One day i hope to learn to knit!
We were really lucky with the weather, it’s such a lovely unspoilt place and great for getting away from it all!
What a great jumper – I really admire your patience. I have two unfinished knits because I have gone wrong and don’t know how/ can’t be bothered to sort it out! Hope you had a lovely holiday – looks as if it was x
I’m a little bit obsessive about finishing things, UFOs niggle away at me and I can’t move on until they are done. I should really learn to let things go!
Your jumper is gorgeous, and I don’t think the extra cables at the bottom look off balance at all. Argh to the twisted shoulder!! What a nightmare!
I actually cried when I realised what I’d done, I’ve learned my lesson though and hopefully won’t do it again! 😊
Love the sweater – such a rich colour! I can’t believe it is almost autumn either – apart from our holiday summer has been a bit of a washout in the north! Onwards to coats, shirts and warm things!
The Summer seems to have gone by so quickly, I’m just finishing up my McCalls 6686 (finally) so I’m hoping for an Indian Summer to get a bit of wear out of it. Hope you had a lovely holiday and managed to find some gorgeous Parisian fabric! x