I was discussing the carp sweater the other day with a family friend. He asked me how much something like it would cost to buy–meaning a hand-knit sweater like it. I told him my estimate of how much time the sweater has taken me (160 squares with each square averaging 1 hour to complete = 160 hours at least.) So he took that and factored in $50 an hour for my time (it would have to be worth my while after all if I was knitting for pay) which resulted in him declaring that if I sold the carp I would have to charge $8,000. Um, yeah. So if anyone is interested in seeing what an eight thousand dollar sweater looks like…
Okay, I love it. Not, “I love it except for this wonky bit in the back” or “I really like it but in an ideal world it would be a few inches longer” or “It would be better if I had paid better attention to my row gauge.” No buts. I just love it.
For those familiar with the saga of this sweater you may remember my being nervous because I had no idea how it would fit. Because of its crazy construction (knit in metered squares forming long diagonal strips of fabric that eventually sync up and form a sweater) I had no indication of how it would turn out. I often have to change a pattern to fit my body and with this pattern I couldn’t alter anything without majorly confusing the pattern so I was forced to knit it as written and trust it would work out. It did.
I was lucky that the yarn I choose matched the gauge close enough that I didn’t have to worry too much. If you are doing a yarn sub that gives you a very different gauge I would recommend doing all the math to make sure you are making the right size. This sweater invests way too much of your time to NOT do your homework.
The top uses two colors of yarn. I tried to pick two shades of green that are close enough to each other in shade so when you look at the sweater from a far it gives the illusion of being one interesting color and you can only really see it is made up of two different colors when you get close. I think I did a pretty good job of pulling that off. One of the yarns is a little more shiny and the other more matte but both are kind of sage-y green. I am pleased with how they work together.
One of my favorite parts on this top are the sleeves. If you look closely you can see how the two sleeve halves mirror the mitered squares by alternating which yarn has the purl ridge.
Pattern: the carp
Source: Japanese Inspired Knits
Yarn: Karabella Vintage Cotton & Reynolds Sunday Best
Needles: US 2 & 1 1/2
So I love it, and I have little interest in giving it up…but I should say, if anyone loves the sweater $8,000 worth, give me a shout. I bet we can work something out.