Finished Project: Tunisian Utilitarian Sweater

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Last week I finished my first crochet sweater ever. I’d been scanning the magazines for an easy but appealing pattern for some time, until I found a basic tunisian sweater in Inside Crochet Issue 38. At first I wanted to do this hoodie, but somehow its instructions confused me, so I went for the other one.

The sweater is made in a DK yarn, I chose Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Onyx and Moss. It is worked flat and in Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS), while yoke and trims are worked in Tunisian Purl Stitch, so you don’t have to deal with curling. The pattern was easy to follow, and the frequent color changes made it less boring to work only in TSS. Unfortunately I had to deal with a major error in the pattern (I still meditate on whether I am to stupid to count or whether it is a real error).

2-colored Tunisian Simple Stitch worked in Madelinetosh DK

At one point it says:

Row 18-35: Repeat rows 14-17 twice.

In my mathematical understanding 14-17 are four rows , worked twice makes 8 rows. 18 + 8 = 26, right?!

So, I tried to even out the missing 9 rows in the pattern by adding some rows here and there, just how it made sense to me. As the back is worked nearly the same as the front, I had to repeat this additions for the back, of course.

Detail of Utilitarian Sweater, worked in TSS.

When it came to decreasing, I was supposed to work 3 tss together (Tss3tog) several times. Once in a lifetime I wanted to follow a pattern blindly, so I did as I was told, but having the vague feeling that I would regret that later. I should have followed my intuition, because working 3 Tss together instead of working 2 (Tss2tog) just ALWAYS creates ugly gaps, and I knew that. The thing is I could have easily fixed that problem by minor changes in the pattern but hey, guess I learned a lesson here. See the two messy knobs under the yoke? That’s what I mean.

But inn general, I am content with the result. I made a sweater, and fits. I am proud that I found the courage to try out crochet wear, after 3 years of hesitating. Turned out that it’s not that difficult 🙂

The sweater’s sleeves could have been a little bit thinner on the upper part, and working DK yarn in dense TSS creates a really compact fabric that might be good for a winter trekking tour, but not so much in the city, using public transport all the time. So I will probably never wear it, but that’s ok, because I learned a lot with this project.

Another view of the Tunisian Utilitarian Sweater

 

Seaming Detail of Tunisian Sweater

I learned to follow a pattern blindly is not a good a idea, so always read the instructions completely before beginning, and then read them again.

And I learned to always take my body measurements before getting started and to get to know the parts of my body that might not be average. Like around the belly I could add a stitch here and there, while at the upper arms it could be better to take away two or three.

I think I’ve been bitten by the bug now and 2015 might be the year of exploring the world of crochet wear. But you know how it is : the ideas evolve faster than you’re able to crochet them!

Endlich fertig: Der tunesische Häkeäpulli

Letzte Woche habe ich meinen ersten Häkelpullover fertiggestellt. Ich hatte schon länger nach einem einfachen und trotzdem ansprechenden Muster gesucht, bis ich dann irgendwann auf diesen schlichten tunesischen Sweater aus der Inside Crochet Ausgabe 38 gestoßen bin.

Der Pulli wird mit Garn in DK-Stärke gehäkelt ( ich benutzte Madelinetosh Tosh DK), und zwar im einfachen tunesischen Stich. Kragen und Bündchen werden im Purl-Stich gearbeitet, der klassische Stich um dem Einrollen entgegenzuwirken. Die Anleitung ist leicht nachzuvollziehen, und durch die häufigen Fabwechsel wird es einem auch bei dem eher eintönigen Stichkonzept nicht langweilig. Allerdings hatte ich mit einem größeren Fehler in der Anleitung zu kämpfen. Ich fürchte, die Designerin hat sich bei den Reihen einmal ganz schön verrechnet. An einer Stelle heißt es nämlich:

Reihe 18-35: Wiederhole Reihen 14-17 zwei Mal.

Nach meinem Verständnis sind das 8 Reihen, also kam ich bei Reihe 26 raus, fehlen noch 9. Also habe ich hier und da, so wie es für mich Sinn ergab, Reihen hinzugefügt um den Fehler auszugleichen. Das Ganze musste ich dann für die Rückseite natürlich identisch wiederholen.

Als es zu den Abnahmen kam, sollte man mehrfach 3 Stich zusammenhäkeln. Ich hatte gleich das Gefühl, dass das nicht gut aussehen würde, wollte jedoch einmal in meinem Leben einfach blind einer Anleitung folgen, also machte ich das, was vorgegeben war. Leider hätte ich meiner Intuition folgen sollen, denn 3 einfache Stiche zusammenhäkeln ergibt immer unschöne Löcher oder Knubbel. So war es auch hier, und das Ärgerliche ist, ich wusste genau, wie ich die Anleitung hätte abändern müssen, um es schöner zu machen. Naja, wieder was gelernt.

Trotzdem bin ich im Großen und Ganzen sehr zufrieden mit dem Ergebnis. Es war ja schließlich meiner erster selbst gehäkelter Pullover, und ich habe mich schon jahrelang um tragbare Häkeleien herumgeschlichen, mich aber nie getraut. Am Ende ist es eigentlich gar nicht schwer.

Die Ärmel hätten obenrum ruhig etwas schmaler sein können, und ich muss auch sagen, dass ein recht dicht gehäkelter einfacher tunesischer Stich bei der Garnstärke doch ein ganz schön kompaktes Material ergibt. Wusste ich zwar auch schon vorher, aber auch hier brauchte ich wohl nochmal eine extra Lektion. Der Pulli eignet sich also eher für Wanderungen im Gletschertal als für innerstädtische Shoppingtouren zwischen Storegebläse und Öffi-heizungsmief. Ich werde den Sweater also niemals tragen können, aber das macht nichts, denn ich habe bei diesem Projekt sehr viel gelernt.

Z.B. dass man unbedingt, immer immer immer vor dem Loslegen die komplette Anleitung durchgehen und hinterfragen sollte, und danach gleich nochmal lesen. Und dass man immer nur seinen eigenen Körpermaßen trauen sollte und nicht blind den Angaben.

Alles in allem wird das sicher nicht meine letzte Häkelklamotte gewesen sein. Ich bin natürlich scharf drauf, mir selbst etwas einfallen zu lassen, aber ein paar Übungsstücke wird es wohl noch dauern.

 

 

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