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I am very excited – Mel has finished test knitting her tortoise and hare sweater! This means that the pattern is now imminent and I couldn’t resist giving you a peek. Her sweater is the 34-36″ size and is knitted in Blacker Designs 4 ply Gotland, which happily knits to the same gauge as their Shetland. I love the light-on-dark colourway — the hares look like they are wearing their highland winter coats, and the whole sweater has a lovely, silvery, night-time feel.

You can add or remove rounds from the ribbing to lengthen or shorten the sweater. I have a woefully short torso and knit just under 4 inches, but the pattern recommends 6 inches, which is what Mel knit here, and which worked out just right for her dimensions. I like the way the waist shaping looks (if I do say so myself), and how cute are those braids?

In this next photo, you can see the side-shaping and Mel’s marvellous short-row sleeve caps.

. . . and here is the whole shebang.

Mel knit her sweater entirely to pattern, and I have to admit to a certain amount of knitterly hubris at how well it all turned out. It is ravelled here. The sweater pattern will be released together with the accompanying gauntlets and will be available very soon.

And while I think of it, I mustn’t forget to mention that Leah has kindly started a group on ravelry where you can share and discuss projects knit from my patterns. Now, I’m off for a walk. See you later!

32 responses

  1. It’s just beautiful! I’m going to concentrate on my colorwork skills so I can eventually knit this gorgeous sweater. Congratulations on another beauty!

  2. Gorgeous…just like all your patterns! Also enjoyed your post on East Lothian the other day…made me feel nostalgic and all I wanted to do was get on a plane to visit my aunty fi in Dirleton…long way from NZ though!

  3. I’m making room in my new year’s knitting queue for this one. I’m deep in a colorwork phase and I can’t wait to take this on. And the braids, how I love the braids.

  4. Dear Kate

    Such good news. I’m off to join the group on Ravelry as I have (a bit like the tortoise) just started the Owls pattern…..I’ve always been a bit of a slow one. And I’m delighted to announce that I finally got my hands on The Knitter with your article on the sock police…..that’s how long it took to get to Brisvegas in the wonderful land of Oz!!

  5. It looks fab! Of course, it helps that she has such a slim figure. I am trying to imagine how it would look on me with my paunchy belly. (Three kids and middle age will do that to a person…)

    I do love the braids, though!

  6. Wow, wow, WOW ! Just gorgeous beyond words.

    I wish I were slim-waisted as I was 10 years ago, but I have to knit this sweater anyway. Perhaps knitting for my own self, your slim-waited designs, will be the final motivation for me to shed the weight. I can begin to see a plan for myself. Thank you !

  7. Looking forward to the release of this pattern. Now I’m off to see where I might buy Gotland wool without incurring shipping charges from Europe. . .

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