旅行 | Ryokō : Japanese (Romanji) for (n) travel.
I knitted this design while travelling for 3 months with my family last year.
I carefully packed the pre-wound yarn in my suitcase
[self-talking down the self-harm on the 2 occasions our bags went missing in transit];
managing technology failures, resorting to the printed copy I fortuitously took along
[the backup plan for the backup plan].
Vivid recollections of car-knitting down the west coast of France
with “Aussie Ken” on the SatNav issuing instructions. Classic.
But hey, all’s well that ends well, right?!
process thoughts included:
I wanted a Mega Cowl Sweater.
Yep, that’s it.
And also the working name for this design. Very fancy, I know.
To develop it a little more,
I also thought it would be good if I could wear it under a jacket
(which suggested a longer body and some fine yarn),
a design that was effortlessly stylish without needing accessories,
and, of course, it should be tailored and fit really well.
I particularly love the colour change at the narrowest point (the waist)
worked with the back vent overlap detail in Model A.
This adds to the visual effect of narrowing the waist more.
The longer length at the back covers your butt
(if that is something you want/need/desire/prefer)
without looking like you are wearing your dad’s ginormous musty old sweater.
And the yarn held double is knit on large needles for drape and knitspeed.
You like that? Knitspeed. Important knitting quantum.
And of course, then I thought, hey, I need this top without the ‘mega cowl’.
Voila. Model B.
I think this then works as more of a trans-season top.
I’d like to wear this with some linen pants.
I say “I’d like to” because our summer has disappeared before it barely arrived here in Melbourne…
As you can see from the photos. Hello dodging the passing rain showers between shots.
Rav Link: here.