I’ve put my orangey Saint Rémy sweater to one side for now, as it’s really not the weather for wearing a lightweight jumper. I’ll pick it up again in a couple of months’ time, then it will be finished in time to wear in the Spring.
In the meantime, I’m knitting a chunky (bulky) sweater, also a Knitty design, called Lia.
Lia is knitted bottom up, in the round up to the armholes. A deep V-neck starts at that point and each side of the V is then knitted back and forth in turn before the back is likewise knitted back and forth. The sleeves are knitted separately and sewn in.
The whole thing is ribbed and designed to be worn with a substantial amount of negative ease – in other words, it stretches to fit. On the needles, it looks far too small to be worn by an adult. A friend who saw me knitting it the other day assumed it’s a top down jumper that starts with a polo neck. But one of the many good things about working in the round is that you can try the garment on as it progresses. I have, and it does fit.
I’ve just reached the point where the armholes and the V-neck start. I’m not a fan of deep V-necks in winter garments, I feel the cold too much, so I’m going to make some changes. Unusually, the V isn’t created by working regular decreases; instead, all the decreases are at the armhole edge and the central portion of the fabric is simply pulled over towards the side to create the neckline. There’s not much I can do to change that, since there are only 20 stitches in each side of the neck and almost half of them go into the armhole with the remainder forming the shoulder. I’m planning to raise the neckline by a few inches and put a neckband onto it. I’ll also cast off a couple of stitches at the base of the neck to prevent the unattractively stretched central stitches of the original, making each shoulder just one stitch narrower before the neckband is applied.