While Color Affection has been growing imperceptibly, I needed some TV knitting, and I wanted something fast. So I have been knitting a plain stocking stitch jumper for myself. I started it in January and have just finished it.
It was based on a Marriner pattern from the early 1960s, although the relationship is more distant than I intended. It was the collar I liked, mainly: jumpers with turn-down collars were very popular at that time, and this seemed a nice example. I like how the collar has turned out, but it isn't really very similar to the illustration. In practice, I could not see how to get the two front edges of the collar overlapping as shown. And actually, I don't see how it could work, now that I think about it: the two sides of the collar have to overlap about an inch above the button, but there is nothing to hold them together there.
I had to adapt the pattern anyway - the original was written for 4-ply (fingering weight) yarn, and I wanted to use double knitting (Wendy Merino DK). So my jumper is based on a basic DK raglan-sleeved jumper pattern, modified to have three-quarter sleeves with turn-back cuffs. But I followed the original Marriner instructions in knitting the collar and the front bands, suitably adapted for the thicker yarn. The back of the collar is deeper than the fronts - the extra depth is created with short rows. I'm intrigued by the possibilities of short rows, and wanted to see how it worked here. And the collar works very well - it sits nicely, even if nothing like the original.
I must confess that the button is a cheat. I did make a buttonhole, but then realised that (a) it was in the wrong place and (b) I wouldn't know what the right place was until I had finished the collar. And that the neck opening was big enough to go over my head anyway. So I just sewed the button through both layers of the button band.
Now that the jumper is finished, I have chosen my next TV knitting project. I can cope with more complicated stitch patterns than stocking stitch without looking at what I'm doing, and it's going to be a wide rib with twisted stocking stitch - more details later.
Meanwhile, I have started the Baht 'At fingerless mitts from Born and Bred. I have had the pattern and the yarn (Titus from Baa Ram Ewe) for weeks, but have been restraining myself from starting it until I finished the Marriner jumper. I am using the wool holder I bought on eBay, and that's proving useful to keep the yarn tidy and in place.
I went to my regular Thursday knit-and-natter this morning, and knitted 2 stripes (4 rows) of the Color Affection shawl. I counted the number of stripes I still need to do, before I get to the final border: 29. It was possibly a mistake to count them - it's a bit daunting. Still, I should finish it this year if I keep at it.