Delighted to say that I finished up the Foss sweater this week and got it dunked into an overdye bath that I think corrected most (let’s call it 95%) of the issue with the dye lot.
Project Details: This is the Foss for Women sweater (Ravelry link), designed by Jennifer Toland. It’s a great casual basic with panels of wide uneven ribbing throughout the body and a nice ribbed detail on the sleeve as well. It’s knit using fingering-weight yarn, and I knit size 2, which is a finished body circumference of 40″. I used just under 1000 yards for my version. (Noting that I knit the body until it was the length I wanted, which is shorter than called for in the pattern. I almost always shorten the body length on everything I make because I’m so short-waisted).
I really like the fit of this one and I blocked it out at the bottom hem so it would hang and be boxy, and not pull in at the ribbing at all. (It matches the shape of a sweater I have worn and worn and worn every winter, so I’m confident this one will get a lot of wear-time too.) As noted in previous posts I had some issues with the “dye lot” of the yarn I chose. This is a small-farm/small-batch of a CVM and Finn blend from Woodsong Farm in a natural chocolate color, then overdyed with red. I really liked the depth of color but alas, although the yarn skeins were dyed at the same time, they were not all exactly the same color and it showed where I joined in a new yarn at the bustline. After finishing the knitting and sewing in ends, I soaked the sweater in cold water, then mixed up a batch of Jacquard Russet (a nice fall red) and plopped the sweater into the dye bath, then heated it up. I was careful not to agitate it, as it’s not superwash, but I did pull it out of the dye bath and then reinserted it a few times to encourage the fibers to take the dye up evenly. I think that treatment solved most of the issue. You can see it if you know the line is there/are looking for it, but my guess is the average person won’t.
Happy to have this one to wear for the fall and into the winter/holiday season and happy to have another project off my YOP list!
8 thoughts on “FO Friday: Foss Sweater”
This looks great. I love autumnal colours and this looks like it will be nice and snuggly for the cooler months.
Absolutely gorgeous and what a great idea for fixing the color issue!
This looks so lovely. The perfect fall sweater!
This looks like it will be the perfect piece for layering!
For some reason the last image isn’t displaying for me. But I see the one of the front view and it looks great.
The over dye looks wonderful. I like the bottom of it being more boxy.
It looks just beautiful. The color is so rich. I read your response to my question several posts back about the dye lot issue and the overdye process and found that really informative. I likewise appreciated your explanation here of the actual overdyeing you did. It looks like this will be a much loved sweater in your wardrobe. 🙂
Thank you! I’m happy with how it came out. Ask if you have other dyeing questions!