FO and Happy Christmas!

I am very excited to be typing from the midst of our Christmas celebrations and to be sitting here for the Big Day in my most recently finished FO. Mark took a few moments out from the basting, roasting, chopping, pouring, simmering and infusing in order to take some photos of me in it; here they are.

I have been making this on and off since Woolfest, where I chanced upon the wondrous Blacker Designs stall and – faced with so many sheeply shades – promptly dreamt up a coat-of-many-colours in natural fleece shades. Herding balls of wool into a carefully graded line of colours, I immediately began to swatch and plot for how they may later be organised into a wearable piece of knitting.

I really wanted this jacket to do two things; firstly I wanted it to showcase the progression through all the shades of grey/brown/cream present among our UK sheep and their natural colours, and secondly I wanted the jacket/cardigan to appear to be a single piece of knitting, seamless and invisibly joined. I suspect this last choice was influenced by the skill of the shearers who I saw at Woolfest, who took each fleece from its owner in a single, unbroken piece.

As well as being seamless, all of one piece and organised according to the natural colours of our UK sheep, I wanted this jacket to also be knit in the most elementary and simple of stitches – garter stitch. The jacket is therefore constructed entirely in this most rudimentary stitch, and I took inspiration from Ysolda’s amazing fingerless mitts and Red Lipstick Designs’ lovely Headigan pattern, in order to shape the whole thing using short-rows, neatly concealed within the bumps of garter-stitch fabric. The whole jacket is thus constructed using garter stitch and short-rows, and pieced together using plenty of neat grafting. I am pleased with its resulting simplicity. I should also add that the Sticks’n’Strings knitters persuaded me that it would work best with an open front, cardigan/jacket-style, and thus prevented me from grafting the front together. I am very pleased about this, as it is definitely better open like this. Thanks guys!

It is the perfect thing for Christmas, especially since it’s still pretty cold here as you can see from all that snow. So I have two questions; firstly, should I write up the pattern for this and secondly, what should I call it? I have no idea what name to give to this jacket and it’s been such an epic, long design process that I really would like to give it a name… all suggestions gratefully received!

Specs:

Pattern design: My own
Yarn: DK in 100% wool from various sheep breeds, all purchased at Blacker Designs apart from the Teeswater that I used on the sleeves, which was purchased from Teeswater Wools
Needles: 5mm
Ravelled: here

I have plenty of Christmas knitting to be blogging about also, and there will be more news of this in coming days. And in other news we have started to drink the cider and there is much to say on this! Finally, thanks for all your comments on the SOUND BANK Advent Calendar; I’ve really enjoyed doing it and it’s renewed my interest in that project no end to find a way of sharing the contents of those little glassine envelopes with you all.

I hope that wherever you are you too are enjoying the warmth of some handknitting, the joy of a full tummy and the company of loved ones. A very merry Christmas to you all! xxx

16 Responses to FO and Happy Christmas!

  1. Alice says:

    That coat-of-many-colours is bloody brilliant. Of course it would be, but really, it is!

    Merry Xmas!

  2. Kate says:

    Wow! It is truly, utterly glorious — I love the sexy back shaping — the graded, muted shades — the garter stitch — it is like a Hanne Falkenberg *only better*. In it, you are a glorious symphony of British sheepiness! Also, I have to say that it looks FAB with that dress — and that festive Felix is tres glamorous. PS please write a pattern.
    xx

  3. colleen says:

    I have been saving up your bumper edition to read in the aftermath of Christmas Day when the house quietened down. I have so enjoyed your sonic advent calendar. Reading this and following your blog this year have opened my ears and I often find noticing sounds I know would have passed me by in the past. ( Your description of parsnip cutting was very familar!) .

    The colours of your jacket are lovely – I am a big fan of greys and browns together.

    Enjoy these Christmas days.

  4. JoannaD says:

    That is one of the loveliest and most interesting FOs I have seen in absolutely ages, and I say this as someone who spends far too much time looking at knitting blogs. I completely agree with you about the simplicity – it is the perfect showcase for that wonderful yarn. The vertical stripes are very flattering too and I imagine it is a really versatile garment, going with many different outfits. Fantastic! I think you should definitely write up the pattern.

  5. emmylou says:

    It is loverly, call it something to do with garter stitch maybe? It’s all about that.

  6. Liz T. says:

    Oh, Felix – that just looks fantastic and so do you! Love the grey dress and the Sticks’n’Stringers were definitely right about leaving the front open. Here’s hoping for a cold summer so you can wear it to Woolfest and in Stirling and amaze everyone. It’s v. flattering on the curves too btw.

  7. heather says:

    Fabulous garmet – love the way the shades blend. Sadly I have to confess I have no idea what an FO is *will google*

  8. heather says:

    and a garmet, as I’m sure you realise, is like a garment but n-less.

  9. goneknitsup says:

    Yes! Write up the pattern! To me it seems like the sort of thing one might wear on a country weekend in an Agatha Christie mystery (I think it’s to do with the long elegant lines), so maybe the name could be connected with that?

  10. PattiB says:

    You’ve created the most gorgeous garment. A wonderful meld of colour shape and texture. Please write the pattern.

  11. Philippa says:

    Oh Felix, it’s lovely! And I love the story and inspiration too. I am feeling empty-headed and, like everyone else here, have not come up with a name. Something to do with its ‘birth story’? (ick). Will ponder on it.

  12. Susan says:

    Lovely coat. The ravelry link needs fixing though. It tries to take one to an ‘edit’ page, to which Ravelry quite politely tells me I “Can’t Do That”.

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  14. Lara says:

    Love it! Love it! Love it! It is the coat of dreams as you described the minute you saw the yarn. The construction works beautifully and garter is perfect stitch. (Also very foxy over the amazing dress!)

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  16. Sanna says:

    Love it! So creative and a great fit.

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