I finished my Hawser! And I finished it before my self-imposed Valentines Day deadline! As you can see it looks a little…ahem…longer than the pattern photo. By the time I got to the armholes, I realised my row gauge was way off, but I didn’t quite grasp how off until I started the sleeves.
Over double moss stitch, my gauge was about 28 rows x 10 cm (pattern requires 32 rows x 10cm…), so I tried to do some maths to accommodate this in the sleeve increases. I couldn’t understand why the maths didn’t work, until I realised that my row gauge over stockinette stitch was different again – about 22 rows x 10 cm (a whole 10 rows per 10 cm out!!).
As well as knitting the sleeves two sizes bigger to fit the giant armholes, I ended up halving the number of rows between increases so I wouldn’t look like Stretch Armstrong (‘memba him?).
I actually really like the length, despite the initial shock when I sewed up the shoulders. I think it works with the oversized look of the jumper, and I could feasibly wear it with leggings without looking indecent (not that I could wear it with just leggings, it’s way too cold).
The pattern has super fitted sleeves, and I’m glad I knitted them bigger. I hate it when you can’t wear long-sleeved layers under a winter jumper (something that bugs me about my Owls), and these are just roomy enough without looking ridiculous.
I ended up only using 11 of the 15 balls of Rico Soft Merino Aran that I bought (with a very generous staff discount, thanks Social Fabric!). It’s super soft, with virtually zero itch, especially after blocking, and the colour makes a much-needed change from the greys and navys of my winter wardrobe. It’s like a big red hug!
I used big needles for aran yarn (6mm) so the knitted fabric is very light and squishy, and seems to trap heat really well. I do worry that the loose knit will mean it eventually loses its shape, but I guess only time will tell.
All in all, this was a really enjoyable knit. I’d definitely knit this pattern again (I think it would be really cool in a denim-y cotton yarn…) and unlike some of my previous jumpers, this one is loose, comfy, and non-itchy enough to relax in. I really think I’ll wear it to death.
I’ve learned my lesson about row gauge though…