Winter is here and I’ve to admit, in the last few days, the weather has finally been cooler. Nice. Just in time for this change of climate, I’ve finally finished my Ondawa! It’s a pullover, designed by Michele Wang for the Brooklyn Tweed collection Fall 2014. It has been in my queue since it came out and I finally got the time to knit it up. I’ve been craving to knit some complicated-looking pattern and Ondawa fit the bill perfectly. It has twisted ribbing, cables and traveling stitches and the knitting, while repetitive, it’s certainly enjoyable.
As you may guess, I did some changes. The main one being using a different weight yarn. You all know my well documented love for Cephalopod Yarns and their amazing colors, so as usual, I’ve decided to use Traveller. This color – a wonderful red with pink undertones called Uluru – just screamed to be made in something with cables, so I listened. Ayers Rock glows this red at sunset and sunrise and let me tell you, it’s an amazing place. It has also a very coarse and eroded surface, with all those gullies and channels running through it and the cables in Ondawa remind of that too, so I guess, this is a sort of homepage to Australia, from my knitting point of view.
The pullover is designed to be cropped, over-sized and with snugly fitted 3/4 sleeves. I didn’t want an overly wide garment and I knew I could achieve the size I wanted simply using Traveller and my usual 3.5mm needles. I didn’t bother knitting a gauge sample and I followed the instructions for 47 1/2″ size. I just knit more vertical repeats to get to the length I wanted and also lengthened the sleeves too as I plan to wear this awesome pullover during an Italian winter and believe me, you need long sleeves!
Ondawa is basically made out of rectangles and both front and back are exactly the same. The sleeves are also rectangles which are joined to the body by seaming. The size of the neckline is easily adjustable as it is seamed as the rest of the body and I went for a less wide boat-neck, again because it’s gonna be cold.
Obviously, you need to pay heaps of attention to all those cables and twisted stitches – I myself did some mistakes and had to let the stitches off the needles a few times to fix some – but apart from that, the construction of this pullover is very easy, with basically no shaping at all. After a few pattern repeats, you get the hang of it. The cables are easy to memorize and it becomes obvious when you have to twist them, without even looking at the charts any more. Also, cabling without cable needle improved immensely my knitting speed, I really recommend this technique to anyone who wants to knit a full-on-cable garment like this one. It really helps.
The fabric of my Ondawa is pretty heavy and I hope the neckline ribbing is gonna hold its shape and not gonna wear out too soon. I thought about using smaller needles for the edgings but I was worried about changing the overall shape of the garment too much, so I stuck with the pattern instructions and I’ll see what happens.
I really enjoyed knitting this pullover and loved twisting every single cable. I’m pleased with how it turned out, even if I’m not completely sure this sort of cropped and swingy pull is flattering for my figure. Probably I should have added a few more vertical repeats to earn some more length. That said, I’ve no doubts I’m gonna wear this Ondawa a lot, I just love the rich color and the textured fabric too and I’m sure is gonna look awesome worn over a pair of jeans (which, believe it or not, I don’t have any here in Australia!).