Snow day Smithfield

smithfield-2Smithfield is finished, just in time for a second snow day. This sucker is super warm. I used Cascade 220 in Provence. I used exactly 6 balls of it and had just enough to complete a tubular cast off for the neck.
smithfieldIf you look at this pattern (free on Knitty), you might notice that it starts at the neck. Well, after I finished it I didn’t like the regular 1×1 ribbing with my added length since it was right up against my neck, so I chopped it off. I picked up from the row where I cut and I used instructions from Oshima to make the collar more like a loose cowl. I knit it about 2.5 inches shorter than instructed in Oshima because a) I didn’t feel like breaking into a 7th ball of yarn and b) I was ready for it to be over. smithfield-4You’re looking at unblocked work here. Normally I’d do a wet block, but I just didn’t feel like it today. I finished the cast off, wove in the ends, and just didn’t feel like putting anymore work into it at this time. I’ll get around to blocking it soon, and I anticipate that the neckline will be even more loose and cowl-like at that point.

smithfield-3I added 4″ in length before the bottom ribbing to make sure this hit me at the tunic length I wanted. I think I added about 1″ to the sleeves. I also knit this at a looser gauge, making the 37″ chest size and ending up with about 41″ for the chest. I love the fit.

Twenty eight weeks pregnant here! Crazy crazy.

24 thoughts on “Snow day Smithfield

  1. Ah, I love it!! It looks fantastic on you, too, Cassie. Seems like you’re knitting everything I want to knit, but probably won’t, this winter. And Smithfield as maternity wear? Awesome!

  2. this looks great. Spent too much of my teenager years hating knits. My grandmother used to knit for me, but then I got bubbies and all her sweaters had bulky parts under my arms. Thank to this blog I learned that every single knit can be addapted to give space, even to bellies! I’m so happy knowing that now, because I think I inherited her love for knitting. I’ve already knit your summer slice socks but only jersey though, since I’m a beginer.

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