That’s what it will always be called, in my mind. I told you a little about it — I tried it on for the first time and realized that I had bound off the neck four inches lower (and wider) than I should have?
And an off-the-shoulder gansey is not a good thing. In fact, it’s a very bad thing. It’s not in fashion here in the States, nor, I expect, is it in fashion anywhere in the world. And if it were, and I wanted to bring that trend here to Oakland, I would make a bad standard-bearer, because I’d be too busy clobbering all the folk who would be falling about in the streets in paroxysms of laughter to see me pass.
So, how did it come about, this near-miss? I have an orange sweater that I live in. I mean, almost every day I throw it on over whatever I’m wearing to ward off the chill. Wool is better than a sweatshirt ANY day. You know that. So it’s pilling and pulling, and it’s really only good for inside the house and I pray that the UPS guy drops-and-runs rather than requiring a signature, because no one but Lala and the dogs need to see me in this.
I wanted a new throw-on knock-about sweater. I chose a nice yarn, and decided to make it super simple. But I wanted a little bit of the guernsey about it, so I threw in some traditional patterns, lifted from Knitting in the Old Way. I chose three patterns I liked, and threw in a cable on either side of the main motif. (It is understood that this is not Traditional and therefore not a Gansey, but I call it my gansey in my mind, and that’s okay.)
It’s knit in the round to the armholes, then the sleeves are joined, and I made a simple raglan decrease every other round (and threw another cable in at the raglan line, for fun).
My problem came in that I THOUGHT I knew where to make a neck. Try it on first? What a silly thought! I didn’t, and got the almost-flashdance horror. Then, gunshy, I made a weird kind of turtleneck. Third time was the charm, and it’s now in the right place. (And no, sadly, I wrote none of this down. But you could make up your own version! Off the shoulder for everyone!)
It’s a good knock-about. I can’t get a good color-match with our camera — it’s not periwinkle like this — it’s really a true lilac with a pink undertone. I love the color.
Pattern: my own, inspired by Knitting in the Old Way
Yarn: Lang, Soft Shetland, 8 balls, 130m to each, color 701.0046/1057
(Bonus! Our camera has a nifty feature that lets you take ten pictures in a rapid-fire row, and then you get nifty shots like this one
. That makes me laugh.)
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