ETA: My Watson Sock pattern is now available here.
Nevermind that I’ve not yet knitted a pullover, or that Mr. Texturedknitter would not wear such a thing even if I knitted it successfully. What I am good at is replicating stitch patterns from a picture. I’m also good at socks — I could plug these in to my favorite sock construction and make a pair of Watson socks, no problem. Actually, I should do that… I have some Cascade Heritage in a nice tweedy gray….
Ahem. Anyway, I figured there might be experienced sweater knitters out there who would like to take the charts and plug them into their favorite sweater construction, so I’ve analysed the sweater here. Parentheses are timestamps during the show, in case anyone is nerdy enough to want to check my work since the pixels in the screencap don’t give enough detail for you to really see anything except the cables.
Elementary! Watson Sweater
What I like best about this sweater is that it’s a citified version of an Aran. It has texture, but not too much. And unlike true Aran patterns, this one is dead simple to keep track of — the two charts are the same number of rows, and the cables all get crossed on the same rows.
It’s a crew-neck pullover, grafted at the shoulders, with set-in sleeves and side seams. The ribbed crew-neck collar is picked up and knit 3 rows st st before beginning 2×2 ribbing.
(41:12) Centered on the body is a motif of flying geese on a stockinette field, with a few rows of st st between each motif. In the adjacent cable patterns there are two cable crosses per flying geese motif.
(49:20) On either side of the center panel is a set of three cables, all with left crosses (picked up from the front, if you’re cabling without a needle). The crosses are on the same row for all three cables, but the center cable is narrower than the outer two.
For front and back of sweater, center the flying geese chart on the body and then alternate the cable and geese charts moving outwards. The edges of the body should have either a partial or full cable chart depending on desired width.
(58:36) The sleeves have a flying geese chart centered, with cables on either side. The machine-knitted original has a repeat of the flying geese on either side of that, but it’s the side of the sleeve that’s against the body, and for shaping purposes it would be easier to use st st at the edges instead.
Sleeves have a 3″ ribbed cuff that can be worn rolled up, and the body has a 4″ ribbed hem. The transition from the hem to the charted body is smooth, so the hem ribbing should be blocked open before seaming.
If anyone actually makes a sweater based on this, I’d love to hear about it and see pictures!
As I’m writing this, we’ve had a nice line of thunderstorms move through the area. I’m really glad that the predicted dry spell — d’oh, lost power there for a sec, thank the FSM for auto-saves — produced by the La Niña effect hasn’t settled in yet. We could use more rain to fill the reservoirs, not to mention getting all the way through July with no triple digit days so far. Storm fronts move through so quickly that you have to be quick if you want to take a picture.
Next up: making lace patterns from the wallpaper at 221B Baker St. 😛