Zimmermania

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Christmas Hybrid

The Christmas Hybrid by Natalie, thanks to Elizabeth Zimmermann

Christmas Hybrid

Seamless Hybrid by Elizabeth Zimmermann from Knitting Without Tears
Jade Sapphire 4-ply Cashmere, about 1200 yards
Size 4 Addi's for the body, size 3 for the edges
September 24 - November 26, 2006
Finished Size - 36"

Named Christmas Hybrid because the yarn was a "Christmas present" to myself, and because it's red. Not just red, crazy red. The Seamless Hybrid is a recipe, not a strict pattern, but
I'm sure people already know about it, so I won't go on too much. It really is seamless, though there is some grafting involved, but I love to graft - I think it's great fun.

I had to
re-knit the back saddle and get rid of a few stitches by knitting two of the body stitches with one saddle stitch (this probably makes no sense, sorry), because the back ended up sort of bubbly. A little steam from the iron helped to fix that as well. I didn't fully block this sweater, but just steamed it a bit, which was enough to relax it a bit and make the decrease seams around the top look better.

Christmas Hybrid

I added shaping in the waist to get rid of about 5 inches, so it fits me pretty well. I don't like the collar, but I will do something with that one day when I have the energy to rip it all out again. I would like it to be wider and rounder - right now it is quite square. This is the third sweater I've ever made, so I don't really have all the fit and finishing tricks down yet. They get better every time, though.


I have almost 3 balls of this yarn left. I can't decide if I want to buy another color and make a stripy sweater (I was thinking black and red), or use it for something else. It pills like crazy, but it makes up for that with its softness. I bought a sweater shaver just for this one. :)

- natalie

13 Comments:

  • Your sweater is truly lovely. And now you are ready for all the holiday parties ;-) I actually really like the squareness of the neck opening. I think it complements the squareish shapes in the saddle shoulders. I saw a nice stripey sweater pattern in the fall Vogue knitting that might work well with your fuzzy red yarn. I would probably make it a bit shorter myself, but that's thinking quite far ahead now...

    By Blogger Lydia, at 6:04 PM  

  • Wonderful job. It has a really nice fit and I bet it feels heavenly.

    By Blogger Jessica, at 7:33 PM  

  • The color is fantastic and I really think the neck looks great! It's awesome on you!

    By Anonymous Lori, at 7:56 PM  

  • Great work and congratulations. I think the neck is very flattering.

    By Anonymous ron huber, at 9:34 PM  

  • Gorgeous color and perfect fit! Beautiful job.

    By Blogger mary, at 9:35 PM  

  • It's gorgeous, hard to believe it is only your third sweater! My friend and I have been making scarves with that yarn...3 skeins makes a really nice scarf. We have found some patterns that work really well - I'm about to start my third one!

    By Blogger Mary Beth, at 4:54 AM  

  • Well done! Did you not do the back of neck shaping? You've got a different back view from mine!

    By Blogger JulieFrick, at 6:31 AM  

  • congrats!! it's a beautiful sweater and you did an amazing job :)

    By Blogger gleek, at 7:36 AM  

  • I love everything about it. Great inspiration for making my first Z-sweater.

    By Blogger Rosa, at 8:34 AM  

  • Beautiful! (As I was looking at the picture the first thing that I thought of was - cool neckline!) I think it's perfect just like it is.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:04 AM  

  • delicious sweater. i love red. it's always festive. can't wait to make one of these for me!

    By Blogger Rebecca, at 11:12 AM  

  • Amazing- it looks wonderful on you. It fits so well. The waist shapping makes a big difference. Merry Christmas!

    By Blogger Michelle, at 3:23 PM  

  • Beautiful knitting!

    By Blogger the daily purl, at 4:44 PM  

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