The making of the Ixchel

I have a tradition of casting on a new project on Christmas eve. I have been doing it for years, and it is sort of my Christmas gift for myself. It can be absolutely anything, but it has to be something for myself, that is the only requirement. And the Christmas eve cast on for 2018 was the Ixchel, which was possibly the most gorgeous pattern published in 2018. It is made by Catherine Clark, and was published in Pom Pom Quarterly, issue 26, the 2018 Autumn issue. It is available both as a printed magazine and in a digital version.

Pom Pom Quarterly, issue 26.

Anyway, as so many others I completely fell in love with it when I saw it, and I hurried to dye up some yarn for it. And I got to tell you, it is a rather fun knit, even though it does require a bit of focus while knitting (skip the thrilling movies while knitting this, is my advice). At the same time it is not as difficult as you might think. The entire pattern consists of smaller chunks of diagrams, that all have a written instruction as well. And if you should mess up a little, each pattern report is not too long so it is not too daunting to fix it. At the same time, should you make a smaller error that really doesn’t affect the rest of the pattern, you can just leave it in. It is a busy pattern, and nobody will be able to tell anyway. 😉

Cast on!

Right now, a couple of weeks after cast on, having sporadicly knit on this project, I have passed the separation of the arms, and am working my way down the rest of the body. I am thinking I will make it longer than the original, more like a sweater-dress, if I have enough of the navy yarn. I would love to make it long enough to wear with tights. But it will probably be one of my absolute favorite garments this winter either way, and I really look forward to finishing and wearing it.

Making progress.
Getting into the pattern for real now… 🙂
Phew! Finsihed with all the moons, which is by far the most time consuming part of this pattern.
Just separated for sleeves.
Status right now – making my way down the body of the sweater.

I’m not sure how long this project will take, but I am hoping to have it done before the end of January at least.

What are you making right now?

2 thoughts on “The making of the Ixchel

  1. I see that your front and back start point looks different – my question is once the ribbing is done for the neck is just the POINT/arrow done or is the single dot of color also done?

  2. Hi Kristy! It’s been a while since I made this, but if memory serves me correct (and I think it does), you first knit the ribbing for the neck, then you do short rows in the back to make a higher neckline. And while doing that, you only knit on the center back arrow. Then you continue in the round again, and start the rest of the pattern. Did that answer your question? Or rather, did I understand your question correctly? I hope I did, but if not, let me know. 🙂

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