Finally, the finished object report for my latest sweater.
I apologize in advance for the pasty photos. That’s what you get late on a Sunday night. Better photos will come this weekend when I have a photographer available at the same time I have on make-up and have decent hair!
Pattern: Buttercup. Great pattern, but if you’re going to make this, measure right up under your arm pits to determine your size. I made a medium, increasing to a large through the chest, if that helps those of you who know me well enough to get an idea?
I also picked up fewer stitches around the non-lace portions of the neck when I finished, to draw it in a bit more. I only did three rows – as written – because I intend to wear a cami underneath (or a long-sleeved shirt…), but some knitters did several more rows to fill in the sides a bit more there where my collar bones are showing.
Yarn: Plymouth Grass, a lovely cotton-hemp blend. I really, REALLY like this yarn, and if Dog House Yarns & More still has some in sweater quantities in other colors, I might snag it. Compared to a fine merino, it’s a bit rough to the touch while knitting, but after a good bath, it softens up nicely. I am assuming hemp responds like linen, and the more I wear/wash, the softer it will get.
Needles: The bulk of the pattern was done with #6 bamboo circs – 24″ in length. Where the patten calls for the smaller needles, I switched to the Bryspun #5 circs.
Verdict: It was a perfect, mindless pattern. I do think some knowledge of the feather & fan lace pattern helps; I knew I wanted to REALLY tighten my gauge on the row or two after the yarn-overs to assure the lace wouldn’t be too open.
(Faux double chin, squinty-eyes and all… Really, better photos of ME will follow!)
Would I do it again? Probably not, through no fault of the pattern. There just are tons of similar top-down, no-seam raglans out there, so why knit one twice?
I’m looking for the next sweater in waiting for my queue. I’m eager to start on the pink cardigan, and I might opt to finish (frog and re-start?) Whisper, a laceweight, almost unstructured cardigan after that. Any suggestions? For the non-knitters, you can always tell me about your favorite sweater. Is it a cardi? Is it bulky or lightweight? What makes it your fave?