Inland is my second project from Jane Richmond’s Journey patterns . . . this one was a lot of fun because even though it is a LOT of sweater to knit, it went relatively quickly in Quince & Co’s Puffin yarn. I used 10 skeins (112 yds/skein of 100% American wool) in color Frost – the pattern called for 11 skeins, but for whatever reason, I had 1 1/2 skeins left over.
I used the recommended US 11s for the collar, and I also used them for the bottom ribbing, because I wanted to make sure it didn’t fit too tightly and that it had a lot of stretch. I used US 10s for the body – didn’t have 10.5s and didn’t want to go buy them – but I did use 10.5s (16″ circulars) for the sleeves, and then switched to US 9s – 12″ circulars for the cuff ribbing.
Because the sweater coat is so big, and because I’m not very tall, I wanted to make sure it didn’t fit too oversized, so I knit size 40″.
You definitely need to block the finished project, so I submerged it and wet blocked it, but when it was dry, it was huge! I was panicked – I couldn’t even reach the pockets, it had stretched out so long! I e-mailed Jane Richmond, and she noted that when you’re blocking something so heavy, you have to really support its weight when lifting it to the blocking board, and you have to be really careful to push it into the schematic size (because its weight will stretch it out way beyond what the schematic calls for). She suggested re-blocking it, but I first tried just tossing it in the dryer for a few minutes when it was still damp. It’s a good thing I kept a close eye on it – after about only five minutes, it had really shrunk! Luckily, it had been big all over, so it shrunk just the right amount in length, sleeve length, body width, etc. I’m going to try wearing it and if I’m not happy with the fit, I’ll try re-blocking it, but for right now, it looks good to go.
I haven’t ever knit (or owned) a piece like this, and I’m not really sure yet how to wear it. I mean, it seems simple – just throw it on like a coat – but it’s such a big piece, it’s a little daunting . . . I need some good examples of how others have worn pieces like this!
In these photos, I’m modeling hand-knits from head to toe – the hat, the scarf, and even the boot socks peeking out – I don’t think I could fit any more knitwear into one outfit 🙂