Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fresh Off The Needles: Buckwheat

Buckwheat - New 3
Hello new week, what better way to start you off than to show an FO?  Yes, I quite like that idea.  So let's get to it, shall we?  Chop, chop!  This here is my Buckwheat pullover.  I finished this pullover last month and even though the finishing on it was very minimal, I had a really hard time getting pictures of it.  By the time Brett got home it would be too late and the lighting in our house would be horrendous.  I still can't find the remote to my camera, and I can no longer take photos in the place where I usually take photos because after 3 years we finally put our headboard back on our bed (we kinda feel like adults!).  The search for a new backdrop is on.  For now, it'll have to be outside...with a background that, in hindsight, I now think compromises the actual colour of the yarn.  Meh.  Lately, I just can't win.

I really don't have much to say about this project that I haven't already said in this post.  The pattern is pretty straight forward knitting-wise.  The only areas of issue were the sizing (again, look at this post) and having to re-knit pretty much the whole thing over again in a smaller size.  Oh, and the shoulder shaping.  The knitting was pretty relaxed, as stockinette in the round should be.  I've never knit the type of short-rows the pattern calls for and was at first unsure if I should continue on or just switch to my usual method.  I decided to stick with it and actually really like the outcome.  No holes, no weird little random bars, just an overall really nice looking shaping.  But the shaping itself...hmmm...

Buckwheat - Shoulder

While I was knitting the shoulders I kept questioning the weird "bunching" I was getting but thought I would plow through and just trust Miss Veera...and hoped that a good blocking would sort it all out.  Well, post blocking and the shoulders do look better.  From the front.  But if you look closely from behind you can see some funkiness going on.  To me it looks like the shaping was made for someone who has slender and somewhat boney shoulders with prominent clavicle bones.  I, on the other hand, have round and thick shoulders and I know there's clavicle bones in there somewhere cause you need them, but you can't see mine!

Buckwheat - Back

I was a really bad knitter in this project though...I didn't alternate skeins...shhhhh!  I don't think you can tell too much, but there is noticeable pooling action happening on the chest.  Can you spot it?  I'm still surprised that this entire project only took a little over 2 skeins to knit up!  Seriously, I only dipped into the third skein to knit one of the neckbands.  I am in no way losing weight or getting skinny, so I have no idea why I'm using less yarn all of a sudden.  Maybe I'm shrinking in height already?  I did just have a birthday and therefore am a year older, maybe I lost an inch in height?

Buckwheat - hem

The lighting in my house has been quite off lately, trying to nail the colour of the pullover has been quite the test of my photography skills (which I think I failed at).  My photos were coming out too brown, too grey, too blue, or too drab.  I tried using different colour backgrounds but my camera kept picking up the different hues within the yarn.  The photos you see in this post was the best that I could get, but it still has a bit too much cyan in there.  The one and only photo I got from this "photo shoot" that came close to the actual colour was this one:

Buckwheat - Back 2

I thought this pattern was quite an easy knit and I think any newbie or knitter dipping their toes in the garment department could knit this up with no problems.  I would love to knit this again and can already pick out the yarns I have in my stash that would make wonderful Buckwheats.  I'm pretty sure I don't have to tell you how much of a fan I am of Veera Välimäki's designs, but she has so many others that I'm just dying to knit up that knitting a second will just have to wait.  

I think this design is a classic and would make a great addition to anyone's wardrobe.  I think the boatneck is very flattering and looks wonderful on all body shapes.  I wouldn't make any modifications to the pattern the next go-around, other than to change the shoulder shaping a little at the back to avoid the funky bunching that I got.

So...who else has this in their queue?  Or better yet, who has knit this up already?  Did anyone else get weird shoulder action too?

Buckwheat - New

Pullover Details:
Pattern: Buckwheat by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock
Colour: Cypress
Needles: HiyaHiya and Knit Picks Nickel Plated Fixed Circulars in 3mm (US 2.5) and Signature Needle Arts Circular in 4mm (US 6)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Buckwheat


  1. Replies
    1. Yes I did! I had cut off well over a foot of hair about a month ago!

  2. that looks great! but yes it looks like it's too big across the back. do you perhaps have a narrow back?

    also, looking at the FO's on ravelry, it seems to fit better with 0 ease than with any sort of ease - the shoulder seams really appear to bunch if it's too big.

    1. Thanks Judy! :)

      Hmm...it never crossed my mind that I could have a narrow back. But now that you've mentioned it, I can see how taking away a bit of the width off from both sides at the armhole would solve that bunching. I'll definitely make note of that in case I decide I want to knit another sooner than later! Thanks for bringing this to my attention! :)

  3. Some colours are so hard to photograph. It frustrates me no end. Gorgeous pullover! My husband tells me that I am shrinking. I bloody hope not. I think he is just growing.

    1. It kills me when I can't get the colour right. I feel like I'm not doing the yarn or the project any justice!

      Hahaha...I think both of our husbands are "growing"...out, not up! ;)

  4. Hi Melissa,

    I recently discovered your blog and just wanted to drop you a comment to say how much I enjoy it. Your writing style is so engaging, and your notes on patterns like this one are very helpful, especially for a mostly-beginning knitter like me! And that's to say nothing of your stunning photography. I'd love to see your whole stash, someday!

    Anyway, just wanted to say keep up the great work! You inspire me!


    1. Hi Emily! :)

      Thank you so much for reading my blog! Your comment has really made my day, actually, my week! Thank you! :)

      I'm so glad that I'm able to give you some insight on patterns that I've knit and can be of help if you ever decide to knit some of these garments. Keep knitting and just be fearless! ;)

      ♥ Melissa


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