Dakota Dreams slipover

Dear Diary,

Jesse:  Earlier this year I posted photos of some garments I was trying to knit for Adam. They don't look all that flash because I was attempting - poorly - to make up a proper pattern.  I am certain that people must think I am one of the worst knitters on the planet. So, just to give everyone an idea of my abilities as a knitter, I am posting photos of a slipover I just completed a couple of days ago.  

This cannot rightly be termed a "Fair Isle" pattern because none of the patterning is according to traditional Fair Isle design.  It is more properly termed "stranded knitting"; the knitting technique is the same.

The front side of "Dakota Dreams" knitted with Knitpicks' "Palette" colourway knitting wools.

The colours are very beautiful (I hope your monitor reflects that).  The "Palette" colourway is wide and lovely.  I have never used these knitting wools before as I always knit with authentic Shetland knitting wools. After doing this project, I will definitely return to the Shetland wools.  Shetland knitting wools are perfect for stranded knitting.

The back side.  The garment is on the wolley board for blocking.

I knitted it with 3.25 mm needles; there are 32 stitches/10 cm.  I hold both colour strands in my left hand and knit continental; this gives me more control over my tension and I can knit more quickly.  I always knit in the round, making steeks and cutting.  There are no sewn seams in this garment; it is knitted in one piece.

The inside showing stranded knitting.

If you're like every other knitter I know, you'll look at the facing side and then immediately look at the reverse side to evaluate the technique.  I trust I'll not be found wanting.  If someone would provide me with a knitting pattern for Adam, I'll be set!

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