Here she is in all her glory. No, not me. I’m talking about the sweater. The Sweater. Wicked. I ran out of yarn and was getting distracted with the idea of a new project, so I didn’t make the kangaroo pocket. I really like this sweater and will definitely wear it when the weather cools down. Too bad temps in the LA area have been in the ’90s lately.
Yarn: Colorado Yarns Durango in a burgundy color (I can’t remember the color number and the label is somewhere I’m not.)
Needles: KnitPicks Options US Size 5
Start: Feb 5
Finish: March 12
Thoughts: This sweater is so comfortable. I know when temperatures drop, I’ll be reaching for this sweater time and time again. It felt like miles of stockinette but I adore making top-down raglans, especially with worsted weight yarn. I’ll tell you a secret. I didn’t swatch (gasp!); are you shocked? And since I committed such a knitting sin, I got smacked by the Knitting Goddess. My initial thoughts were that I always knit loose, so I’ll go down the customary 2 needle sizes. Since it’s a boatneck, it should fit around my big head (which it did! whew!). After several inches of knitting stockinette in the round, I got curious and checked my gauge. My gauge was a bit smaller than the pattern called for, so I did the maths, and ended up following the numbers for the next size up. I didn’t worry about it, because I knew I could just knit the increases until it fit comfortably around my chest and arms before setting aside the sleeve stitches. I could have started the waist shaping decreases a little earlier than the 3″ called for in the pattern, but it turned out fine. Because of my smaller gauge, I actually ran out of yarn after 6 balls. Marie came to the rescue with the 7th ball and I ended up using about half of it. Would I make it again? Absolutely! In fact, I already have the yarn for it. Thanks to Jillian for snapping the pics.