Monday, April 13, 2009

March Square or the Tale of an Old Sweater

A very long time ago, it must have been about 1982 I think, I was given a gift of an Irish sweater. It was made for me by a lady in Ireland and I've worn it ever since. I've darned a few holes and gotten a few stains on it since then but it's still in pretty good shape although it's gotten another hole this winter that I have to work on. It's big on me and sometimes I use it like an afghan. I've tried to figure out how it was knitted and I think it was done from the top down with raglan shaping and the sleeves were done in the round because there are no seams, although I guess it could be bottom up, too. The ribbing is twisted which gives it a cable look. It must be aran weight because it weighs a ton.

It still has it's original tag.

It has beautiful cables in it but I've always liked this honeycomb pattern the best.

So for my March square in the Year in a Blanket KAL, I tried to recreate it. I used the Woven Circles III pattern from The Harmony Guide and a six row cable on each side. I think it came out pretty close.

I'm really enjoying this afghan, it takes a bit of time to decide what to do and then each square has taken two evenings to knit. I may change my mind at the end of the year when I'm seaming them all together, but for now it's a nice project without any pressure.


Kathy said...

Thanks for sharing your process, it's lovely see where you've drawn your inspiration from.

pdxknitterati said...

That's lovely! I've always had a thing for Aran sweaters. Gorgeous!

Mary said...

Very nice! Looking forward to each month's square. What yarn are you using?

Sara said...

You did a wonderful job on the square!

Marie said...

The sweater is beautiful. One day I hope to knit a cable sweater as pretty.
What a wonderful way to incorpate the things you love in the afghan.

Aunt Kathy said...

Thats an awesome square.