My Sweater Triathlon entry for the Ravellenic Games is complete! Knit, washed, blocked!
I decided to have the project double for my Camp Loopy Project #2. The rules for this project were that it had to be at least 600 yds, knit in two colors, and be a pattern you hadn’t done before. I’ve been wanting to try Kollage’s new yarn, Riveting, made from recycled blue jeans. I also wanted to make a sweater for my son, so I decided to try designing my own.
Introducing “Sweet Devil,” a cotton raglan sweater for boys. This was knit using 4 skeins of Kollage Riveting (worsted weight) in Storm Denim, and one skein in Pebble Denim on size 6 needles (size 5 for the ribbing). I decided to knit it in sections, rather than in the round as one piece, because the heavier cotton needs the structure of the seams to prevent sagging with age and wear.
This was the first time I’ve tried designing a raglan. I learned lots. The percentage system is great for adults, but needs to be tweaked a little if you’re knitting for kids (whose heads are proportionally bigger in relation to their bodies than adults). I was a little too concerned about not being able to pull the sweater over Bud’s head, so the collar is too wide for him now. I also knit the sleeves according to a standard child size 4, rather than for Bud’s specific measurements, because I wanted it to be worn for more than one year. So the sleeves are a little long, but that’s easily fixed by rolling them up until he grows.
Because of the oversized nature of the sweater (this year, anyway) he’ll wear it as an outerwear garment in chilly weather. I’m hoping I’ll get at least two more years out of this sweater.
The yarn, Kollage Riveting, is made from recycled blue jeans. I’m very very very very (did I say very?) glad I decided to machine wash (cold) AND dry my swatch before measuring. It shrinks quite a bit. This is not a negative trait of the yarn (it is cotton, after all), but just something you need to be aware of. It shrinks more lengthwise than widthwise, but the resulting tighter knit of the blocked fabric is quite nice. This sweater will last forever, and get better with each wash. Plus, it’s soft and smooth like your favorite pair of jeans! I’ll definitely be using it again.
Kollage Riveting comes in sport weight as well. You can purchase both the worsted and sport weight at The Loopy Ewe.
On to my next Ravellenic Games project: Pixie Moon for Belle’s Christmas gift.