March 1, 2018

Stymied by ailing kidlets, high school tours and sports days, the Tuff Socks Naturally spinning has stalled briefly. I can however, announce the winner of the Ryeland washed locks giveaway. Congratulations to Tina, your Tuff Socks Naturally spin-your-own-adventure is on its way!

In this spinning lull, I want to share with you a recently finished sweater.

This one is for the favourite gentleman in our life who asked for a lightweight but warm sweater he could wear to work. He picked out a beautiful tweedy yarn from Jamieson and Smith Jumperweight 2 ply which was a real treat for me to knit as I mostly knit with Australian farm yarns. The shade is 58 FC, a lovely rustic chocolate tweed but very hard to photograph.

The pattern is Helm, a CustomFit pattern from Amy Herzog. If you don’t know about CustomFit, it is a system designed by Herzog to customise knitting designs to fit individual sets of measurements and gauges. I’ve been wanting to try this for ages and since my bloke is shortish but broad in the shoulders and wanted a set-in sleeve, this knit was the ideal candidate. The system has loads of potential for using handspun in commercial patterns too.

I am super pleased with the results, as is the bloke. As this was such a plain knit, I focused on the details, finishing with twisted stitch 1 x 1 rib for the cuffs and hem and using a selvage stitch to set the shaping stitches one stitch in. With careful seaming, the edges look satisfyingly professional especially the armholes and neck.




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    1. Thanks Mary, the J and S does seem to wear well. I have a bit left over that I will set aside for future elbow repairs though!

  1. I hope everyone is all up and better very soon…

    The jumper is fabulous. I love knitting with Jamieson & Smith and the colour you chose has so many shades within it. Your man is a very lucky man indeed… I must look in to Customfit too…I have tried but it all looked so complicated I gave up.

    Have the best of days. Lydia

    1. Yes, I agree, it does look complicated and I have put it off for that reason also. Bloke measurements are pretty simple so it was useful to give it a go with those. I think it is one of those things you just have to give a go to and work it out as you go along. I have seen some amazing sweaters from people that know how to use the system well, tweeking the fit from other designers or making their own thing completely. It seems made for hand spinners.

  2. Lovely work. That colour is so rich with depth; just gorgeous.

    and those little details make all the difference, don’t they? I am very partial to a good selvedge stitch too!

  3. Oh my! I do like that! I am currently working on a waterfall neckline tee shirt pattern that is less than a pattern and more of a formula – half knitted and ripped out twice so far – arithmetic is not a strong point with me. Even counting my stitches must be done twice or three times. I’m not sure I’m ready for customisation. Your skill is amazing!

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