Finally the Elizabeth Zimmermann seamless raglan jerseys are finished, sewn up and put on. Even if our models are sweltering (Michelle) or chilly (it’s winter in Perth), they look amazing and I think this has been a very successful project for us all.
Let’s start with Fadanista Sue who produced a stunning sweater. That dark grey with the orange, red and brown is such a gorgeous combination, and one that utterly suits her. She is a highly competent knitter and you can see that her sleeves exactly match the bodice. Her borders are garter stitched and it really looks so nice with her slim denim skirt giving a nice urban look. Sue is incredibly social and really helped the knit-along along. Thank you.
`Next up is a summer version, in cotton yarns, from Chris (@saiddoneChris) in Southern Germany, where the weather is often very nice in summer time. She did an inside out version with the back of the stocking stitch showing. This beautifully reveals what happens when you stripe a sweater – you get what looks like a running stitch above and below the stripe. I love this effect. Her soft, light, cool colour palette is absolutely perfect for her light cool colouring and the neck-shaping has worked very well. Also short sleeves are a huge sucess. I like the way she bordered the neckline in mauve and the sleeves in white.
Kerry (@Kerrysview) in Melbourne is a ferocious knitter and very skilled she is too. You may remember her EZ yoke jumpers with their lovely Icelandic pattern. I shamelessly copied her. I really love this version with its super pockets! Yes pockets. I want a jumper with pockets. Of course the Australians lead on the pockets front. Also the restrained palette is very nice – I love black and grey together. Making the jumper a little blousey has resulted in a slight dropped shoulder look which is very attractive, don’t you think?
Michelle provides us with a back and front view, so we can appreciate her lovely knitting. That dark red really brings the turquoise to life doesn’t it? I love the plainish sleeves with a nice band at the wrist. And the trousers Michelle made from Winifred Aldridge. I tried it too and the pattern is pretty reliable and fairly easy. Michelle also did a great sweater for the colourful yoke Knitalong last year, and I was so pleased to meet her in the flesh at my book launch. She is now on Instagram as @grannyinstitches.
One of my favourites (how can I say that? – I really love them all!) is made by Courtney a lawyer who lives in America. She uses a lot of black (and goes by @blackyarns on Instagram), and this jersey is predominantly black. But the use of lots of left over yarns, mainly in deep colours, is stunning and looks like seams of minerals in a coal face. Also she has gone a bit off piste with the sleeves (hurrah!) and attempted a V neck. Such a striking variation is way above my pay grade but it does show how very flexible this pattern-free approach to making knitwear really is.
And finally we have Shell, another Australian. Shell has recently been having stem-cell treatment and had lots of time in hospital (poor thing) but is definitely on the mend now. She lost her long, curly hair, but her reddish-grey crop is beautiful and these soft turquoise and grey yarns, complemented by a strong red stripes is so harmonious with her warm, light colouring. This photograph makes me especially happy as an image of strength and natural beauty despite the challenges she has faced. Very well done Shell. You are amazing.
And finally my green one. Now completely woven in, washed and worn.
I know there are a few more in the works and will do a second post when the others are done (no pressure) I have a second one on the go too, which is proving to be a bit of a disaster. I have managed to loose two balls of wool so it is taking an unplanned turn….Oh well, that is the unpredictability of craft.