Keats is Finished!

I finally did it.

I completed grafting Keats. For those of you who didn’t witness the full horror of my monumental blunder, see the dissection of Keats here Arrghh, I’ve Broken My Knitting And the more hopeful start Ode to a Merino Yarn.

It was gruelling but I think worth it. Lots of piccies for you…

Bit of a fuzzy one!

The evil, evil grafted back on rib – not perfect but as good as I’m going to get it…

The rather nice neckline and a glimpse of my first short rowed shoulders! There’s no turning back – short row shoulders and a three needle bind off (cast off??) is the future for me!

**TOP TIP** If you’re making this, you’re told to cast off the stitches at the back of the neck. you then pick up the same number to knit the edging – I put them on a stitch holder and it worked a treat. Why do patterns do this??? 👿

Super little point on the back of the hand – I love these!

The finished article flung on my desk!

Completed Knit Report  
Name: Keats
Pattern: Jaeger JB38
Yarn: Jaeger Extra fine Merino Aran in Cream
Pattern Problems: None except me being a moron and missing out some rows of rib on the front 🙁
Pattern Modifications: I short row shaped the shoulders and the decrease for the back of the neck. I also didn’t cast off the back of the neck stitches as you picked up the same number that you cast off – I just put them on a holder.
Washing and Wearing: Not washed yet – hot off the needles. Warm and soft to wear and of all things I’ve knitted, I got a lot of compliments – even from non-knitting hubbies!
Knit It Again???: Possibly in a different colour
Difficulty: Easy if you don’t mind charts but it became a bit tedious as each diamond is different – I had to refer to the chart for every row…
Rating: 4/5

3 Responses

  1. Rachel
    Rachel March 20, 2007 at 9:47 am | | Reply

    Looks amazing! Well worth the effort. Wear it with pride!

  2. Frankie
    Frankie March 20, 2007 at 3:09 pm | | Reply

    You clever, clever person. That is a wonderful garment, a real grown-up sweater. I’m so impressed and will be visiting you for more inspiration.

  3. Diane
    Diane April 1, 2007 at 5:56 pm | | Reply

    It looks great, I went back and read the other post about you fixing it and I was holding my breath! I think I would have gone for the grafting option too, I don’t mind frogging so much, but the thought of undoing all those seams – eew!

    If you cast off the back of the neck and then pick up stitches it gives the neckline more stability – seems a waste of time but can make a lot of difference with some types of yarns.

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