I finished my September Sweater for 2014! You may notice a few things:
- it’s short-sleeved (my others are all long)
- it’s a raglan (my others are all round yoked)
- it’s long (my others are all hip-length)
- it’s not green (two out of three of my others are green)
In the last few years I have actually knit quite a few sweaters that were like those previous September Sweaters: hip-length and round-yoke. See Tea Leaves, Everyday Cardigan, Everyday Pullover, and In Threes.
Yeah. In fact, I was composing this post in my head last night and I actually fell asleep counting sweaters! It’s the knitter’s version of counting sheep, I guess. Now that I am wide awake, I have made it to the end of my list and I can tell you there have been 11.
Yes, that’s eleven round-yoke, hip-length sweaters in the last three years. Admittedly four of them were baby or toddler size, and took very little time to knit, but still! I’m kind of impressed with myself. And that doesn’t even include the one I have in progress.
So, anyway, back to this new sweater, and the different-ness of it:
I love that I chose this brown color for the yarn. I really needed something relatively neutral in my closet. There’s whole lotta green in my sweater pile, folks. And a little bit of orange. And some gold. But mostly green.
The yarn is undyed (I think), and a natural alpaca/wool blend that I bought at Rhinebeck last year. I chose to make this year’s September sweater out of it because my September Sweater is also always my Rhinebeck sweater, and it felt like a very full-circle kind of thing to do.
The Rhinebeck connection is also the reason why I named it Hudson River Stones (the pattern name is Sea Stones). We spend a lot of time driving alongside the Hudson on our way to the festival.
The alpaca content of this yarn makes the sweater so soft. I’ve been wearing it all day today with a camisole underneath, so the wool has been in contact with my shoulders. It’s pleasant and cozy.
With the exception of the stockinette body, which seemed to go on for miles, and miles, and miles, this sweater was a pleasure to knit. It provided an opportunity to learn some new tricks, which is always nice.
The raglan increases were turned into a decorative element through the use of twisted stitches and M1R/M1L, which are both techniques I had never done before.
The decorative edging at the collar, hem, cuffs, and button band was different than my usual 2×2 rib and/or garter stitch, and in some areas required a sewn bind-off before beginning. That was a new one on me, too.
I am thrilled with the way this came out! Mostly. I do have one little irritating thing that maybe you can help me with?
See how those button bands fold inwards? It’s driving me crazy. I really want them to lay flat. I’ll admit I haven’t actually blocked this sweater (yet?) but I don’t feel like that would solve the problem. Am I wrong? Should I do it?
I hesitate mainly because I am happy with the fit as it is and I don’t want to block it and accidentally ruin that. If it will help the button band situation, though, I’ll risk it!
Knitters, what do you think I should do?
Pattern: Sea Stones by Melissa Schaschwary.
Needles: #7 and #5 (I went down a size to get stitch gauge, although my row gauge was still off. I had 5 rows/inch instead of 6.)
Modifications: To make up for my different row gauge, I knit about 20 fewer rows in the body, and 1-2 less in the edgings. Also, the pattern calls for patch pockets, which I didn’t do (although I am considering it now).