The Chevron Affair
I started knitting my Noro Chevron sweater 2/19/2011. Like many love affairs, I started out hot and heavy. I loved knitting this sweater. I was using a Noro yarn, Shinano 8, which I bought many many moon ago when I lived in NJ. I paired it with Paint Box yarn, colors 16 and 24. I was having so much fun knitting the chevon pattern, just one more row to see how the color patterns would lie.
It was so much fun. I was using my creative side to my brain and the knitting was going fast. I ignored the advice from the LYS knitter who proofreads knitting patterns that this pattern was filled with inconsistency in the writing. I mean, who listens to my mother when she doesn't like your boyfriend? This was my new boyfriend and he was so cool!
Then, February turned into March and April. And the desert got too warm to knit a sweater with wool. And Daybreak came to town. He was smart and sophisticated. Everyone wanted to go out with Daybreak. So, Chevron went to the WIPs bin. I think I heard him cry a little one night but I ignored him.
Winter came and Morgan and Gwen needed Advent calendars. Christmas came with all my gift sewing and Chevron lingered in the back of my mind. Did he still love me? Was he going out with other sweaters? I really needed a warm sweater for the chilly nights when I was camping. Do you think Chevron would take me back?
So in March, I made up with Chevron. I didn't care that the instructions were skimpy. I decided to forge on and try some short row shoulders. Sorry, Chevron was a little camera shy...he didn't like not being finished. I struggled with the short rows and with the help of my good friend, Jan, I conquered the neckline. It was laying smooth.
Now like any true relationship, I had to mold Chevron. I didn't like his friends who were a little rough around the neck and buttonband. I pulled out my Lucy Neatby DVD Kntting Gems 1 and knit attached I-cord around the body. It took several tries. I think I ripped back about 6 times until I found the perfect colors on my Paint Box 24 skein.
He was perfect. Next for finding the perfect button. I searched all through my button boxes. It was hard to find just the right buttons for my perfect boyfriend. These were the applicants. The winners were #1, #2, and #4, who is a little camera shy being a queen and all.
Now, I wanted my Chevron to be as beautiful on the inside as the outside. Here comes Gigi of the Knitmore Girls to my rescue. Gigi has a grosgrain ribbon tutorial that is a very good treat. She follows up with couture button tutorial. Gigi is a very patient knitter and sewer. I like that in a friend. So I took her advice and sewed my Petersham grosgrain ribbon on the inside of my Chevron.
He even got the couture treatment. The buttons are vintage and just love Chevron to death. They have been around and they know who they love.
When you love someone, you are proud. I am very proud of Chevron. He molded very nicely into the sweater that I was dreaming of when I started this affair one year ago.