I can’t stand an unfinished story, and I crave a happy ending more than just about anything.
I’ve been waiting for the right day to take a proof-of-completion photo of a finished object.
Namely, I was waiting for a snowy day to take a photo of this snowflake sweater, but none ever came! Until Saturday that is, when a blizzard struck, and we were completely snowbound, and we were down to the last Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala. I managed to lift the point-and-shoot, wrap my darling boy’s fingers around it, and crawl outside so he could help me finish this one last task before . . . we had to resort to eating . . . Domino’s.
The last entry about Kate Davies’s amazing Boreal pullover was back in May. Here’s the last gasp on this effort before subtropical heat forced me to store this project for the duration.
In particular, I was all wound up about how warbly the snowflakes looked. So whiny! Sorry! I care.
The mighty and redemptive power of blocking took care of the warbly snowflakes, as usual. Why do I doubt?
Tips on Knitting Boreal
1. Swatching is absolutely crucial here. This thing fits because I aimed. And I took the shocking step of measuring myself. (Not recommended except on the cheerfulest of days.) The bottom part is a size larger than the part from the waist up–the waist shaping is where I transitioned to the smaller size.
2. Work the Fair Isle inside out. I know I repeat this, but it is the ticket here.
3. Beware the sleeves. I knit a whole sleeve before I noticed (D’OH) that it was too narrow. Be ready to use a larger needle. And work the Fair Isle inside out.
4. Working Fair Isle in a worsted weight was trickier for me than I’d expected. A size 3 is the easiest for me, so these size 7 needles felt too big at first. But it started to flow soon enough.
5. Know that this is a warm sweater. I used Tess’ Designer Yarns Grand Manan, and I promise you it is grand indeed. Mohair and merino, double thickness for the Fair Isle parts. I long for Vermont, or a damp moor, now that I have a sweater like this.
6. Enjoy the workmanship of this pattern. Kate Davies is a master at creating easy-to-follow patterns. Her website Kate Davies Designs takes us along, all over the British Isles, on her rambles to beautifully desolate landscapes and villages to covet. If you’re not up for a whole sweater, she has lots of hats and cowls and mittens. She even cooks up video tutorials for a tricky stitch, which means you get to hear her beautiful accent.
I give this beautiful pattern my highest recommendation. Thank you, Kate Davies! You are awesome!