Ta da! It’s finished. Nice and quickly, too, relatively-speaking. That’s what you get when you choose a pattern that uses bulky yarn and fat needles, and that’s precisely why I chose it!
I’ve now made three sweaters in five months, and I must say, at this moment I feel very much OVER knitting in general and sweater-knitting in particular. So much so. I am turning all of my evening-tv-time energy towards crochet now. Eamonn is getting his promised granny square blanket – I’m four squares in. 140 or so to go.
But back to this sweater…
Despite my frequent whining on Twitter, I found the knitting of this sweater to be relatively easy. I had difficulty with the lace pattern, but I that can be chalked up to two things:
- I had never done lace before. Ever.
- I was paying more attention to the TV than I was to the pattern in front of me.
So, really my own fault. I ripped out and re-knit that diamond lace section more times than I care to count, but once it was over, the rest of the sweater was pretty simple. And I have to say that I did really appreciate the lace pattern being there. I get bored easily, and the lace challenge was enough to keep me interested.
If I could change anything about the way I knit this, it would be the sleeves. They are so crazy wide, I think it really adds more bulk to my frame than it should. I’d rip them out and reknit them, if there were an easy way, but given the raglan construction, I might as well start over, if I did that. I’ll just live with them as-is, thankyouverymuch.
If I ever do make another one of these, I will knit eight fewer yoke rows (four fewer garter ridges). That will make the sleeves a welcome two inches narrower, or so. I can then just knit four extra stockinette rows above the diamonds, and four more below to make up the length. Eight extra knit rows in the sleeves, too. I’d probably have to fiddle with the number of stitches in the back, left front and right front, so the width of the sweater wasn’t affected.
[You know, the idea of trying again with this is actually sounding appealing. Somebody please kick me in the head.]
Aside from the poofy sleeves, I am really happy with the way this turned out. I thought it was knitting up too long in the torso, but it’s just perfect. The sleeves, too, are a good length.
The button, I am not entirely sure about. It wasn’t part of the pattern, but I wanted the ability to close the sweater in the front. I am wondering if I’d like it more, if I chose a smaller button. Or maybe one that blended in with the color of the sweater better. Or, maybe it should be in a different position. Perhaps there should be more of them? A zipper maybe? What do you think?
Pattern: Common Ground by Elizabeth Smith
Modifications: Added a button and a crochet chain loop
Yarn: Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky in Old Barn Red