When I was working the sampler for Raised Chain Stitches versions 1 and 2, I thought they would make a nice knitted look, as they resembled the Knit and Purl knitting stitches. A project started forming in my head.
In summer, a good friend gave me this book:
In spite of the title, the book is mainly about stumpwork portraits, and has a different approach to that of this excellent book, that I have enjoyed using for so many years:
Here was a great opportunity to try out the new book, and 'knit' a sweater with the two Raised Chain Stitches.
First I made the face. I chose to make a male face, a first for me. This involved paler, beige lips, bushier eyebrows and adding ears. Maybe the biggest difference was how the eyes are worked. Instead of the version by Fay Maxwell, where Detached Chain Stitch and French knots are used, Jan Messent's method is worked in Stem and Satin stitches:
Next came the 'knitting'. I first made a paper pattern for the three parts:
I selected a mustardy shade of Anchor #8 Pearl:
and a piece of scrap fabric I had no other use for. I drew the body and the two sleeves with iron marker (charcoal pen):
The foundation stitches were worked in narrow rows:
If you want to learn the two different stitches please go to Pintangle and the instructions for Raised Chain Stitch Version 1 and Version 2.
The finished result is here. Version 1 in blue and Version 2 in mustard:
I also made a book for him to hold. As I have never written, let alone published, a book, I thought this was my chance, hence the title 'Stitches for Life' by Queenie Patch.
The hands were the trickiest part, and after failing making them according to Jan Messent's method, I had to do them 'my way'.
The most enjoyable part was the knitting. I know it's not very neat, but doesn't it look like a well used, comfy, hand knitted sweater?