Sweater Fever

7 Dec

Just in time for the premiere of Deathly Hallows, I finished this “charming” sweater in Ravenclaw colors. The blue was souvenir yarn from Iowa when my parents visited there a few years ago. I knew that it would become a pullover, but just never found the right pattern. And then the book “Charmed Knits” came out with a replica of one of Ron’s handmade “jumpers” (jumper=the British English word for “sweater”) from the fourth movie that I knew would be a perfect pattern for this yarn.

Ravenclaw Ragg
Pattern: Ron’s Ragg Raglan from “Charmed Knits”
US Size 8 needles
Yarn: Bernat Denim Style in Navy (4 skeins) and Grey (2 skeins)
4 Metal buttons from Joann’s

Unfortunately, when I went to start this sweater a few weeks ago, I realized that I didn’t have quite enough yarn. So I came up with the brilliant idea to use a different colors for the sleeves, and viola, problem solved, right? Wrong. I failed to realize after I was halfway done with the sweater that I was working it in one piece in the round, and that using a different color for the sleeves would require intarsia. Intarsia?!?! To put it mildly, I dislike intarsia, so I didn’t relish the fact that in order to finish the sweater the way I wanted to would require this technique.
Luckily, it only lasted a few days and the tangled mess turned out to be a sweater I love. I modified it to only have an opening on one side, and the metal buttons add a touch of extra charm. And yes, it’s as comfy as it looks. When I wore it, I wanted to curl up in a corner and read a book; a true Ravenclaw sweater. Instead, I watched the midnight showing of Deathly Hallows, which is a good second choice.

Can you guess what I’m working on right now? Yup, another sweater.

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