also known as the Tom the Hot Farmer (or TtHF) featherweight. this is my second ‘featherweight’ but this one is quite modified, so its not strictly a featherweight per se. really, its just a basic top down raglan, that uses the sizing from the featherweight pattern. it is finished, and being worn:
Details are as follows. Pattern: Featherweight, by Hannah Fettig. Size 48inches. Sticks 4mm knitpicks harmony circulars. Yarn: TtHF, or Tarndwarncoort Polwarth Silk, Natural Silver Grey. I bought 2 big hanks of this from the Old Bus Depot Markets last year, which equalled about 320 grams, or about 1200 metres. I used about one and a half hanks after all that, they came with no official ‘yardage’ so i was a bit nervous, but probably could have got another few rows on the collar. i cant tell you how lovely and soft and warm this yarn is. i can wear it right up against my skin and its not scratchy at all. its got a lovely sheen to it, and every so often there were little slubs of unspun yarn and dots of silk. there was even some grass in it. gorgeous.
Modifications: As with the first featherweight, i added some increases along the neck line, basically every second row i made one a few stitches in, to try and get it across the chest a bit more. i also added increases in the body, so every ten rows i increased one stitch roughly under the arms and at two spots in the back (4 stitches each time). i just did them where i thought they looked right, and i think they have given the whole thing a bit more swing and fullness.
i did garter stitch for the band, collar and cuff, only small bands because i wasnt sure about yarn length. the cuffs, as you know, were knit flat which was annoying, but made proper garter stitch, so there was very minimal finishing required.
i havent blocked it really, just steam ironed it last night. i dont think it needs blocking really.
what i learnt: i like this pattern, its a good basic design, but im sick of it now. its not really made for bigger girls, and now that its actually cold, i want something that comes across the front a bit more. also, im tired of all that stocking stitch. in this slightly rustic yarn, with plain stocking stitch and plain garter stitch, its a bit, well, plain. i need to do something a little more ”girly’ next time, and i am thinking of using the same basic construction but adding some delicate cables to the cuff and collar, a la rosamund.
but not for a while yet, because the next thing to get cast on is the summer solstice in elsbeth lavold silky wool. i have even swatched already. isnt it funny how quickly we move on from one project to the next? i wish i could do that with some other aspects of my life!
ps. a note on photos. one, my hair is wet not greasy! two, the lovely knitabulous took some awesome photos yesterday but they didnt write to the camera sd card properly, so i had to get trent to take some more this morning. the detail shot is ailsa’s, the rest are trents. thanks guys.