Paprika Half-Aran

Yarn: Rowan Magpie Tweed
Gauge: 4-1/4st = 1”
6-1/2 rows = 1” over stockinette stitch
Status: Done.

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Apr 16 2005

I have finally come to accept that a computer monitor can never display the glorious color and texture of this yarn. I did a little (read “a lot”) of Photoshop on these photos to attempt to get at least close to the color while maintaining crispness of detail.

I had exactly the right amount of yarn. All I have left are three tiny balls that I will guard jealously. I like to keep a little extra yarn in case I need to make repairs in the future.

As it was, I scrounged ‘til I found my gauge swatch. I unraveled it to find I had probably half a skein. Hooray! I completed my pattern repeat.

The photos show front and back; notice that central pattern is different. This is for a very practical reason: so I can tell front from back when I put it on!

Apr 10 2005

I had a little bit of panic as I came to the end of my last ball of Rowan Magpie, a now-discontinued line. I had half a pattern repeat to go.

The original concept, when I purchased the yarn over a year ago, was to do the edgings in gray. A classic color combination, but more suited to Scandinavian and Baltic styles than the Aran I chose. If I had purchased all red instead, I would have had no worries.

As it was, I scrounged ‘til I found my gauge swatch. I unraveled it to find I had probably half a skein. Hooray! I completed my pattern repeat.

I considered employing the grey for the edging, knitting a sideways cable around the bottom, but was persuaded that all red would look better. I will continue with 2×2 ribbing until I truly run out of yarn.

Feb 19 2005

Despite all appearances to the contrary I have been working on this sweater. It’s just slow going. I got both sleeves done to my satisfaction. The decrease runs along the edge of the braid on the top of the sleeve. This gives a more anatomically correct sleeve, as the top of the sleeve is longer than the underside. Try it.

I decided the neck was way too large, so I worked a four-rib braid around the edge. As a bonus, here’s a close-up to show detail. Like everything else about this sweater, I didn’t like how it turned out initially, so I ripped and reknitted.

An advantage of knitting from the top down is the ability to try the sweater on as I go along. It seems like I’ve got a long way to go until I actually try on the sweater. It’s almost to my waist. I can just keep knitting until I’ve run out of yarn and be happy that I have a generously sized sweater.

Dec 27 2004

It’s been 6 months since I last updated this. Progress has been very slow as the project has grown too large to schlep around. Lots of little projects have supplanted this magnificent sweater. Ripping and reknitting the sleeve three times didn’t help either.

I’m still not satisfied with the color of the photo, but c’est la vie.

Jun 02 2004

This time I took notes as I experimented with different apertures, shutter speeds and ISO speed. All in my effort to capture enough texture and shadow to show the beauty this sweater is becoming.

I got tired of working the body, so when I came to the end of a skein, I picked up sleeve stitches. Sleeves go faster, so I can get the special feeling of making progress.

It’s a fun sweater to knit, the yarn is gorgeous, but it seems like such slow going. I’ve been jammed with work lately, so I haven’t had much evening free time to devote. Well, I’ve got all summer and most of fall before I really need this sweater. It’s too large to haul around, so I’ve also been working on smaller kid and baby projects.

Mar 06 2004

At long last I am able to post my project in progress. I got my new digital camera this week and it is a beauty. I’ve spent the last few days experimenting. Photographing knitting well has turned out to be harder than I thought. I have experimented with different shutter speeds and apertures, adjusted the ISO speed and the flash, all in an attempt to capture the shadow detail while retaining something close to true color. The photo looks dark, but the yarn really is that color. I call it “paprika”, though real paprika is more orangey.

But enough about the camera…what is a “half-aran”? I work a top down aran. About half way down the body, I cap the side panels with a few ridges of stockinette-reverse stockinette. The center panel and a couple supporting cables will continue all the way down the body. The sides switch to straight stockinette.

It’s a fun variation on a traditional aran. With large swaths of plain knitting, it goes a little bit faster and adds visual interest.

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