Penny’s Mandalas

I’ve written before about the knitting I inherited from a woman named Penny. (Post 1, Post 2, and Post 3.) She was a friend of a friend of my parents and she passed away suddenly with many unfinished projects on the go.

When this pandemic hit a few weeks ago and we went into isolation mode I went to the basement and dug through my bins of “Penny knitting” and pulled out this mostly-finished mandala sweater.

All the pieces laid out on the floor.

It was a kit made by Philosopher’s Wool complete with wool, pattern, buttons, and a tag to sew inside when complete. Apparently it was a gift from her kids.

Penny had completed 8 and a half squares so I only had one and a half left. I tried to analyze the completed squares to find a rhyme and reason to the colour changes but it seemed to be random so I continued, randomly.

Once I sewed them all together I realized I needed to cut steeks to create a round neckline. The instructions said to machine stitch two lines but since I don’t have a sewing machine I backstitched with wool and then did a crochet chain to secure it. I left the cutting until the end (because it freaks me out to cut knitting.)

Steeks reinforced, neckline done, preparing to cut.

I picked up stitches for the waist, neck, wrists and button bands. …and then I realized I forgot to size down my needles so I added a couple crochet chains on the inside of the neckline and button band to cinch them in a bit tighter so they’ll lay flatter.

And then I finally cut the steek, and stitched down the inner facing.

In the end, I think it all looks pretty good. I never would have chosen this sweater on my own but it was a fun challenge to figure it out.

This is the card that came with the kit. There’s a happy birthday message written on the reverse.

And it was nice to have a project the keep my mind and hands busy during this weird time of busy inactivity.

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