Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Yes, you read that right.  I really did name it the Hydroponic.  The story behind the name is this.  While I was working on the piece the actual stitch reminded me of a marijuana  leaf.  I mean, come on, given the color of the linen yarn I was using it wasn't too far of a stretch.  When I mentioned this to John he laughed and told me I should name it Hydroponic...thus the name was born.  I even went as far as to name the stitch in question the Ghanja Stitch :-)  It's the little things that make me laugh.

This is on of the patterns that Michael (see previous post) and I had talked about at TNNA last June.  I had a rough sketch that could have gone several different directions.  In the end I came up with this and I gotta say that I am IN LOVE with it!  So much so that I want to make one for myself (anybody want to make it for me?...you get a free pattern :-).

The yarn was fantastic to work with on this project.  It is Fibranatura Flax, 100% linen. I had never worked with linen before and I was told that the more you wash and dry it the softer it gets.  Let me tell you first hand that is SO TRUE and super cool!

Anyway, here is the 411 about the Hydroponic:

Finished bust: 33 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60)" [89 (91.5, 99, 106.5, 114.5, 122, 129.5, 137, 145, 152.5) cm] Shown in size 36”
To be worn with no ease

Yarn: Fibranatura “Flax”, 100% linen; 137 yards [125 m]; 1.76oz (50 grams)  CYCA size 3 light: MC: tarragon,  7 (7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15) hanks, CC: wild lime, 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) hanks.

Hook: Size US G/6 (4 mm)

Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle, one hook and eye closure.

2 stitch rep = 3” (7.5 cm) in Ghanja Pattern Stitch widthwise
2 row rep = 4” (10 cm) in Ghanja Pattern Stitch lengthwise
2 stitch rep = 5” (12.5 cm) in Large Floret Pattern Stitch widthwise

NOTES:   The sweater is worked in 1 pc; the back is worked to the armholes, sts are added for sleeves; the sleeves are worked up over the shoulders; sts are removed for the neck and sleeves; then the fronts are worked down.  

Pattern includes schematic and charts for actual stitches as well as neck shaping and color changes. 

More photos available on Flickr set

Two Week Special!!!  From now until my birthday (November 10th) if you purchase the Hydroponic on Ravelry and use the coupon code Ghanja Stitch you will get $2.00 off!

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