Christmas in July…

…because I’ve just finished the He Gansey for DH! (pattern by Jeannine Sims in the No Sheep for You book)

Detail:

Front:

Back:

The grey grew on me. Too bad I couldn’t wait for a sunny day to photograph it, though! 😉

Specs:

Needles: 5mm Addi Turbo (body) and 5 mm Takumi bamboo (sleeves and neck)
Yarn: Rowan All Seasons Cotton – Misty colour (15 skeins)
Size: 45″ approx chest
Time spent: 12 hours total for each sleeve and the neck. Didn’t keep track of the rest

Notes:

As this pattern was knitted in the round, I loved it – no seaming! It was much quicker to work than I would have thought which was also nice.

I did make some changes to the pattern:

– sleeve pattern was originally all in double moss. I decided to put the tree and line pattern from the front yoke on the sleeves instead, with seed stitch beside… and finish the sleeve under the elbow in stockinette. Official reason: this is more in the style of a traditional gansey. Real reason: I’m lazy and just wanted to do as much stockinette stitch as possible! 😉

– I also changed the neckline from rib and rollneck to 2/2 rib, based on DH’s preference

– the sleeves are about 1 1/2 inches shorter than the pattern calls for, again due to DH’s preference.

The Rowan cotton was also great to work for. I’m not sure how well the photos show it, but it produced great stitch definition and is also nice and light.

The rest of the pattern ended up fitting DH very well (I had him try it on while working on the first sleeve).

Now – I’m just hoping that the weather will be warm enough so that he can’t actually wear it until October! Having said that, it is a cool day today here… SIGH.

Next up… I’m not sure yet. I bought some Kerzner Ranee on sale ($1/skein) and may whip up a tunic.

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