I had to wait till today to get some daytime shots, but here it is – my finished Kepler.
Pattern: Kepler by Fathom Harvill
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 wool, colour 021 – Denim (blue/teal). 12 balls.
Date of Yarn Purchase: September 9, 2006
Completion Date: August 12, 2007
The pattern calls for a guage of 16 stitches in 4 inches. I fell in love with this yarn and decided I could make it work with a different gauge. This required some thinking and the sweater sat thinking to itself in a box for a long period over the winter. I decided I would finish it during the Tour de France this year, so it became a full time project and was done really fast.
The first major modification was to knit the sweater in the round. I kit the cable bands, then grafted the bands into circles and knit up from there, be it the sleeve or the body.
See the grafting?
Then I added bust shaping for the first time ever. I think I’m a convert, but I think I might have added too much!
Last, to shape the sleeves and the armholes, I had to resort to Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns for the basic shape – my gauge didn’t match any of the given ones in there either!
In the end, I should probably describe this as “inspired by the Kepler Pattern”, but I like it so much. Now I just need the weather to cool off.
Again, D gets a really good picture when I’m not ready yet – removing cat hair….
Now I can start my honeymoon vest – a fully me designed project. Any hints on how to add bust shaping in a 4 row pattern repeat??
In non-knitting news, I got back on the bikes in the past few days. For the first time in 3 years I got on my mountain bike. I’d forgotten how much fun whipping down trails can be. It’s a lot more inefficient than the road bike, but it’s a completely different type of biking. I biked to school today, good to be back into that groove.