I’ve just had the phone call I was expecting from birthday boy, Steve – His Bowie fits!
I was pretty anxious about it – I had measured Steve carefully before I started but there was the grain of doubt. I am relieved and pleased.
Steve really liked Bowie and was genuinely chuffed with it 😀
Unfortunately for Steve, my sister Carol was allowed to try Bowie on and has refused to take it off, despite it being a hot sunny day.
Don’t say I told you but apparently she was trying to stretch it over her chest to put boob shaped bumps in the front so Steve can’t wear it…..Sometimes I wonder if we are really related… I’d never do a thing like that..OK, maybe I’m jealous because I didn’t think of it first… and I lack some of the essential equipment to carry out that plan! 😳
Steve will have to fight to keep Bowie to himself!
Want to see a picture before I tell you about the modifications I made?
Clearly, it is floating in mid-air with no help at all from my glamorous assistant, Ben 😉
When I made Ben’s Bowie, one thing that niggled me was the picked up stitches for the collar. There was a hard line around the bottom of the collar. See what I mean?
On Steve’s version, I didn’t cast off the centre neck stitches on the back and the front – I left them on a stitch holder and completed the rest of the neck shaping according to the pattern. When I picked up the collar stitches, I just knit across the stitches on the stitch holder. You end up picking up the same number of stitches that you cast off so I couldn’t see why it wouldn’t work!
Also, for Steve, because he doesn’t like high neck lines, I made the collar shorter – 4cms not the 9cms decreed in the pattern.
Here’s how Steve’s looks…
What do you think? I think it looks better 🙂
Next time I visit Carol and Steve, I’ll try and get a photo of Steve wearing his Bowie – That’s assuming Carol hasn’t stolen it by then!
|Completed Knit Report|
|Pattern:||from Jaeger JB28 by Martin Storey (also available from Rowan as Edan in their Pure Wool Collection)|
|Yarn:||Sublime Merino, Cashmere and silk DK|
|Pattern Problems:||used 14.5 balls for smallest size|
|Pattern Modifications:||short-rowed shoulders as ever….
shorter neck than pattern
didn’t cast off centre neck stitches
|Washing and Wearing:||Very soft sumptuous yarn, won’t take a lot of maltreatment without pilling though.|
|Knit It Again???:||Yes – really pleasurable pattern to whip up.|
|Difficulty:||Easy (if you can do cables)|
|Other Postings Relating To This One:||…and now some nice knitting!|