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Sweater Completion

February 17, 2010

Laura’s Blog Entry

Yay! Whoo Hoo! Hurrah!

So this sweater was actually finished last month, but just try to get a decent photo in the cloudy, dark days of January in Cincinnati. Not easy. We did have a warmer spell before this last bunch of snow, so Neil got a decent shot for me.

Once again, this is the Flirty Sweater by Sasha Kagen from the book, Ready, Set, Knit. I am pretty happy with the fit. My only regret is that I didn’t follow my instincts to make it longer. Short sweaters are not the best for my short torso. But at least it’s not cropped. That would never look good.

As faithful readers may recall, this sweater called for Trinity Stitch. That was a nightmare, so I did a 2×2 rib. The dimensions came out perfectly fine. I measured over and over as I went to make sure the pieces were to size. I also measured a well-fitting sweater to determine what size to knit. This was probably why everything came out well.

Instead of the ribbon tie (I am SO not a big bow on my front kinda gal) I found instructions online for crocheting a button and loop closure. It turned out to be one of my favorite things about the sweater. Instructions can be found here.

All in all it was a good experience. I have worn it numerous times. Oh, one more note, the pattern calls for picking up stitches along the front and neckline for the garter stitch edging. I think it ended up a bit loose around the neck. If I did it again I would maybe pick up every other stitch in that area to tighten it up a bit. It doesn’t look bad, but has gotten slightly droopy over time.

One more detail shot –

I don’t often care for garter stitch edging. It sometimes looks a bit rustic. But in this finer gauge yarn knit with smaller needles I think it actually looks nice. Maybe because the scale looks good with the 2×2 rib, perhaps?

I have been knitting what seems like miles and miles of other projects as well. The Weekend Reteat Cardi is zipping along. I am down to the bottom ribbing. Not worth photographing as the change is not that dramatic from the previous picture. I slipped it on a few times to check the fit and I have a concern that it might be a little big. The next size down seemed too small, but we shall see.

There was also a hat project that I threw together. I had queued a slouchy beret on Ravelry and then a friend mentioned she was looking for a hat just like it. So I knit it up in some leftover yarn to get a sense of the size for her. And to see if it was a hat that wouldn’t look stupid on me. You see, hats and I just don’t get along too well. My head is kinda small and I usually look like a goof in most hats. This one turned out great! I’ve even worn it out in public.

The pattern is Felicity by Wanett Clyde. It’s a free download on Ravelry. You have to be a member of Ravelry to get it, but all you have to do is sign up to become a member.

Important note – Ilovelemons on Ravelry altered the pattern more to my liking and gave it a more defined shape.  In fact it was her version that caught my eye. So please note her changes if you decide to make it. I need to select a much softer yarn for the final version, but the design requires some structure to support the shape, so it can’t be too soft. Hoping to find something perfect.

I am closing in on finishing the Fred and George Socks. I had a little incident where I tried to do a short row heel on the second sock with the gusset heel instructions. I only reknit it four times before it all became clear. Duh! Just a few more inches of cuff and sock two will be done. I do like this pattern and plan to do a striped pair for Mari in some cool colors she chose at the yarn store.

Oh and I almost forgot. I cast on a shawl for myself. My first one! I’m not big on lacey stuff, so I am going with the Clapotis pattern. Cause it’s French, don’t you know. Ravelry came through again on this one. I was looking at all the different versions people have made and I really loved the color of one that was done in Knit Picks Imagination Sock yarn in the Wicked Witch colorway. Charcoal and black with touches of purple, fuschia and green. It seems to work well with the pattern and not pool the color. Only have a tiny corner done, but I like it. I got the yarn as a Christmas gift.

Here’s a better representation of the yarn:

Nice! Love varigated yarns.

Since I completed the tax paperwork for our accountant today, it is now time for some celebratory knitting. It’s the best antidote for number crunching that there is.

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