To my faithful readers, I apologize! Here I am--I've popped back in to say, "Hello! Look, I made another sweater!"
Because, look! I've made another sweater!
The pattern is the Plowman Cardigan by Alex Capshaw-Taylor, published in the Interweave Knits magazine. By the pattern, it is to be constructed in its separate pieces (right-front, left-front, back, sleeves) and then sewn together. Additionally, there are supposed to be color designs on both the front and the back of the sweater.
But I did not knit the pattern without modifications, of course! Hating to sew in sleeves, I opted to pick up the sleeves from around the armholes and then knit down toward the wrist; I'm glad I did, because it turned out very well. And since I was running out of blue yarn, I opted to knit the front pieces of the sweater in only one color, adding just enough texture to make it interesting.
Construction and mods aside, the main reason I wanted to tackle this sweater was for the intarsia, or the color design, on the back. Not only is it fascinating and unique and cool-looking, I had never truly attempted intarsia prior to this project and had a great desire to learn it.
My conclusion: to say the least, intarsia is crazy. I can't imagine trying intarsia for anything other than blocks of color. I can't even imagine trying intarsia with more than two colors! I laughed myself silly at one point, when I discovered I had ELEVEN different strings of yarn for one row. ELEVEN different strings which WOULD get entangled no matter how hard I tried to keep them in order.
ELEVEN different strings. It is ridiculous--there are only two colors.
But I will admit, it does look pretty cool on the inside:
And so ends another sweater. For a brief review of the pattern and a few other mods, you can check out my project on Ravelry under The Long Road. I will leave you with a few more pictures of it, perhaps with the most accurate representation of the color. I have to say, it is hard to tell even in person whether the color is more red or more orange..."adobe" is the best way I can describe it!