Introducing the second completed item of my 100% Western Australian outfit, a snuggly alpaca singlet. The yarn is from Zac, a local alpaca. Zac’s yarn was farmed and milled in Toodjay at the Fiber of the Gods farm.
Right now I could do a little happy dance! Yeeeeeessss. I am the boss of the needles.
Pattern: Quince and Co Togue Pond
Yarn: 220g of Black alpaca 8ply from Zac, farmed and milled by Hazel and Michael at the Fiber of the Gods. See more about our visit to the farm here.
Needles: I knitted on size 4.5 – 6 needles as per the pattern.
See Also: Other examples on ravelry
Tidbits: I have had quite a bit of trouble getting a knitted garment together this year with little to no experience before starting this challenge. I built up to this project by making hats and shawls and then dived head long into cables before reassessing and deciding on this pattern.
Despite this pattern being designed for a linen yarn, I decided I could make it work as the hem line was exactly what my outfit needed. I swatched and sized up a little to be safe. To stay true to the design I could have lengthened at the waist, but I wanted it to be cropped to go with the skirt I had in mind so stuck with the design length as is. For someone knitting their very first garment, I was pretty blasé about making changes here and there as I went, most notably making the neckline higher, but I trusted my instinct on the sizing as I went and luckily for me it all worked out in the end!
Lessons: I could do with a knitting lesson or two! I am incredibly slow, with this little thing taking me over 2 months.
Also, sewing weekends are incredible fun, delicious and productive. I highly recommend them!
Back with more soon! Be sure to check out what the other #1year1outfit participants are up to.