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29 march, 2007

Thus endith the mini Gansey serial swatch.  Can I tell you, it was fun and has me thinking about designing a traditional -- yet modern -- Gansey for myself.  A perfect Fall project when I official become an empty nester.

Today I knit the sleeves from the top down and added the neckband.  The second half of the underarm gusset is knit with the sleeves.  I've always been a fan of the sock gusset, so I was naturally inclined to  enjoy the underarm gusset.  This sweater involved zero -- zip -- seaming.

Previous installments: Day 1 & Day 2 & Day 3

You gotta love the gusset!

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heather
Needles: US 7 for body, US 5 for cuffs and neck band
Source: Sample Gansey from Knitting Ganseys by Beth Brown-Reinsel.

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Aw, so cute. Gotta get me a no seam pattern. Re: empty nest, here is an exact quote from a friend with kids older than mine. "When your last child leaves for college, you'll feel really said for about 10 days to 2 weeks. You might even cry at times. Then you'll start to feel REALLY good." And that's exactly what happened. Caveats - our kids attended colleges that were not far away, and ended up back at home eventually. The empty nest is looking very inviting right now!

Posted by: Mary K. IN Rockport | Mar 30, 2007 5:15:42 AM

There's a lot of knitting history and tradition going on in such a cute little swatch/sweater. Gotta knit one of those for the husband. I mean a big one.

Posted by: Margaret | Mar 30, 2007 8:45:05 AM

So how big is that little sweater? I'm trying to count the stitches and estimate, but my eyes are crossing. I'm wildly guessing 6 inches wide?

Posted by: anne | Mar 30, 2007 9:26:03 AM

Fantastic! What a great way to learn the techniques. I can't wait for my book to arrive!! Have a great weekend, nona!

Posted by: Brenda | Mar 30, 2007 11:20:03 AM

How sad is this - I just took notice of the author whose pattern you're using. She's going to by at my LYS doing two workshops in October. Huh.

Posted by: melanie | Mar 30, 2007 2:02:06 PM

I wanted to paste this ages ago ~ but as you know I'm having trouble(s) for some reason. Fingers cross...

Oh Yum! Wonderful Nona!

Posted by: angel | Apr 5, 2007 12:42:31 AM

I just finished an adult-size sweater (for hubby) that I designed using that book. The book is so clear and has so many interesting suggestions. I used a traditional Guersney wool from England but want to make another for myself. I'm glad to see that Cascade worked so well in your sample because that's what I was thinking of using for my sweater.

Posted by: Chris | Apr 5, 2007 1:11:39 PM

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