Friday, May 25, 2007

ta da!

Just in time to catch the last cool days of spring...

(click photo to make it a little bigger)
This ended up as one dense sweater. But I love it! My yarn was a heavy worsted wool from a farmer's market. It's bulkier, stiffer, and more rustic-feeling than the Cascade 220.

I departed from the pattern in a number of ways. Minor modifications included knitting every row instead of purling, switching to a horseshoe cable, and adjusting for gauge, size, etc. The more significant modification is that I did a short-row button band that only buttons up the bottom half of the sweater. I go into a bit more detail on my blog, but basically the pattern's strategy of making large decreases below the bust wasn't necessary for someone with a less curvy figure, like me. Since I didn't feel like reknitting the body, I started experimenting with an asymmetrical button band. And this is what I ended up with!

My main concern with the finished sweater is that my collar ended up very, very weird. I have no idea why it angles out instead of in. It was hard to see how it was going to lay until I'd already finished a good part of the yoke, and I was hopeful that I could block it to lay at a different angle. No such luck. At some point I plan to cut it off and replace it.

It's been very helpful to read about all of your experiences with this sweater. Thanks!

5 Comments:

Blogger rachel iufer said...

your sweater is beautiful! i love the way you only put buttons on the bottom half, it's very flattering. excellent job!

12:14 PM

 
Blogger Stephanie said...

I agree that your mods make for a very flattering sweater. the color looks great on you, too!

1:59 PM

 
Blogger Octopus Knits said...

Lovely! I really like your modifications and the color you chose.

5:12 PM

 
Blogger Mel said...

Wow! great modifications! It's beautiful and your individuality is inspiring.

7:11 PM

 
Blogger SJ said...

Fantastic job! Honestly, I thought you intended for the collar to be a little different (a little more mod, could we say?) until I read what you wrote. It looks great!

5:09 AM

 

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