Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Completed Mythos! The sweater is knit in two halves and grafted at the back seam. Showing grafted back here-not sure if I did it correctly, but I followed a tutorial online.I grafted the seam as follows:
Step 1: Insert needle into first stitch on front needle from back to front, as if to purl.
Step 2: Insert needle into first stitch on back needle from front to back, as if to knit. Drop first stitch from back needle.
Step 3: Insert needle into first stitch on back needle from back to front, as if to purl.
Step 4: Insert needle into first stitch on front needle from front to back, as if to knit. Drop first stitch from front needle.
Repeat steps 1-4 until all sts. have been grafted.

This came out a bit more stripey than I imagined, but the colors are pleasing. It can be pinned with a shawl pin as shown or hang loose and open.

Mythos here, blocking on a towel after turning garter edge under and tacking on wrong side. I finished off the front "flaps" with 3 rows stockinette:RS row, decrease one each end, purl row, repeat RS row decreases, then bound off on WS row. I turned the flap edge under also when I tacked down the garter edge along the rest of the sweater. The turning under of the "hem" gives a little stability to the edges of this cardigan.
The "making of Mythos":
My sockweight Mythos cardigan is coming along now. Mythos is worked flat on circular needles from the sleeve cuff over to the front/back, in a total of two identical sides or pieces. It is grafted together at the center back when completed. Shown here with left front and 1/2 back completed and on holders, and the beginnings of the right sleeve.
I'm using these lovely yarns on a size 7 circular. Used less than three skeins total.

Inspired by Busy Bea Knits (see my sidebar to go to her blog), and her very lovely rendition of the Mythos Cardigan, I decided I must try making one of my own. I love the look of sock yarn, but don't (as of yet) knit socks. I had wanted to try making a sweater out of beautiful sockweight yarn. Mythos is the perfect pattern to do just that.This time I had the yarn shop wind my yarn so that I would not end up with a tangled mess like last time when I bought this nice "lightweight" yarn! I am no fool! I still haven't untangled this mess yet, and it looks far worse now than this picture indicates. This was going to be a Whisper Cardigan....but it will wait:Instead I started Mythos. You begin with the right sleeve. I am alternating the two yarn colorways whenever I feel like changing colors. After the right sleeve you continue on same needles, and cast on for the right front and back sections and then do some short row shaping on the front and then decreases at the neckline. The back you knit 1/2 way across and end up putting on a holder for later, when you graft it together with the other side once completed.This shows the right sleeve, the right front and the very front of the flap that you put on a holder as well. The 1/2 back is laying behind and is also on a holder.
You then begin all over again, repeating this process creating the left sleeve, left front and back.
After these two sides are created, then the grafting of the back pieces, the sleeve and side seams will commence. While the stockinette can be rather tedious in this tiny yarn, and at times can feel boring, the variation in colors as I go and the changing back and forth of colorways is keeping me interested enough to plug along for the final outcome. And I can only hope it turns out as beautiful as my friend, Bea's beautiful Mythos...Go check hers out!

What I learned on this project: It allowed me to get better at doing "short rows and wraps". While it was somewhat alot of stockinette stitch, knitting a sweater with sockweight yarn requires patience, and patience pays off. This was a great project for doing during the Super Bowl and to take to knit night, and can be done while holding a decent coversation. And I learned how to "graft" the back seam. Though when I looked up a tutorial and actually did it, it seemed to be not as invisible as it should've been. But it worked, nonetheless.
I think my dyelots were a bit off on one of my skeins, therefore producing a bit of a defined "stripe" rather than a blended alternating of colors on one half of the cardigan. So it is a little whimsical in that regard.
All in all, a fun experience using sock yarn for a sweater!


knitterbeader said...

looking beautiful - the pattern is very pretty. You've been a "knitting" machine of late!

Where the nodding violets grow said...

I love the yarn. I have used araucania myself for socks a couple of times and really enjoyed knitting with it. I got some pink for a cardi so am interested to see how yours turns out. I got a ball winder and swift for Christmas after wrestling with woolly messes when I tried to do them myself. They are brilliant and such fun to use.

Sandee said...

I think I know why you don't knit socks.... You know that you would start them and never want to stop!

You have the skills and I know you would love making them.

I just finished a darling baby cardi made from sock yarn. Once I get it all photographed, I was going to message you with a suggestion that you may like this pattern too.

Jeannine said...

Thanks, Knitterbeader... and "Nodding Violets". I hope your pink one turns out. Sandee...I will announce it to the world when I do my first sock, believe me! Everyone laughs at me that I haven't done any.