I had Bristol Ivy’s Oranmore sweater in my queue for quite a while. I decided early on I wanted to add a cowl to the neckline and make it a super-cozy winter sweater I could throw on over my pajamas on a cold winter morning and sit by the fire with my coffee to warm up. It didn’t take me long to decide I wanted to knit my Oranmore with a snowy-white yarn, just like Bristol’s sample, but I did bounce back and forth between a few different yarn options. In the end I decided on Hinterland’s Range yarn, which is 50% Ramboillet wool and 50% Aplaca. It is so soft and fuzzy and has a beautiful, angelic halo. I picked up a sweater’s worth back in February from Tolt Yarn and Wool while visiting my sister.
Oranmore is constructed from the bottom up, in pieces and then seamed together. I chose to knit the body in the round because I prefer my worsted sweaters without too much seaming. All of the body shaping is formed by decreasing on the backside of the sweater, which creates a very dramatic silhouette on either side of the single cable detail.
The arms are knit in the round and feature a similar single cable detail but the arms are knit in stockinette while the body is knit in reverse stockinette. The difference between the pieces makes the sweater visually interesting while relatively simple to knit.
The front features multiple rows of the cable detail, the center is worked through the whole piece while additional rows are begun further up the front piece. The staggering of the cables is another simple detail that makes the sweater so interesting to look at AND knit.
I stuck to the pattern on this sweater for the most part. I added additional length to the body and the arms because I have a long torso and also because I really wanted this piece to be a large winter sweater that would make me feel cozy right down to my bones.
I had the idea early on to add a cowl to the neckline of this sweater. I had already made myself a few crew neck sweaters this year and since I wanted this to be my winter snuggle sweater, what better way to keep warm than to add a warm, floppy cowl to it? I picked up the stitches for the collar and just kept on knitting for about 8″ before working a couple of really simple increase rows. The result is exactly what I wanted and my only regret is finishing it so early that I will have to wait a few months before I can really wear it.
I have a few more project notes on my Ravelry project page.
Since I have knit 8 sweaters so far this year I feel I have a good chance of knitting 12 before the end of 2016. Right now I have on my needles a new cabled cardigan design and a pullover aran sweater for my husband. I’m hoping to also knit either an Edith cardigan or a Big Sister cardigan, an Ishav (Norwegian style pullover) and maybe if there is time, another Rocquaine sweater, since I brought home enough yarn from Local Color Fiber Studio to make another! (By the way, she is selling kits to knit your own Rocquaine now!)
And if that wasn’t enough, we went to see “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” last night, which was amazing, please go see it if you have a chance, and Sam Neill’s character wears some of the most beautiful, rustic, hand knit, wool sweaters. All of them dirty and full of holes, and ladies let me tell you, if you can’t seem to get your husband on board with wearing hand knit sweaters, let him see some dude out in the bush, all dirty with their sweater full of holes and he just may change his mind. My husband immediately agreed he needed a sweater like Sam’s near the end of the film. (I couldn’t seem to find a photo of it this morning, but I will get my hands on one before I start knitting one myself)
Do you watch movies and pick out hand-knit items? I can’t help myself, especially when the movie is set in an older time period, or a wool-rich country like New Zealand. Taika Waiti (the director of “Hunt for the Wildpeople”) in particular sets all his films in New Zealand and his film “Boy” displays some beautiful traditional knits, while “What We Do In The Shadows” features a knitting vampire. (Seriously don’t miss it) Some of other my favorite films for knit-spotting are “The Imitation Game” and “The Secret of Roan Inish”. What about you?