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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Red sweater finished!

Knitting a full sweater is nerve wracking. No matter how much you check gauge and garment measurements, you still do not know if the pattern has been well designed or will fit correctly.

Truth be told, it is not until the final neck binding is finished that it is possible to tell if the sweater fits correctly, as any garment, sewn or knitted, hangs from the shoulders and neck area and depends on shaping there for good fit. The length of the body and arms of knitted sweaters changes as the garment hangs on the wearer, and correspondingly, the width can narrow as the garment lengthens.

Hurrah, drum roll, this sweater appears to be a success. I tried it on this morning after I finished the neck binding, and the fit is excellent. As my sister-in-law and I are pretty much the same size, I have high hopes that it will fit her well. The yarn turned out to be a good choice. It is half acrylic and half wool, so it is machine washable and relatively light weight. That means that the knitted fabric is not stretching and dragging down too much under its own weight, and the fit should remain good.

For arcane knitting details and pics of the cuffs and hems, for those of you interested in that kind of thing, see this link on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/projects/cockburnj/nunavut-pullover  .

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