New blog, new sweater.
I have to say, it is really thrilling to have such a quick knit become one of my favorite knits. This took me a little over two weeks. Two weeks! Crazy right? It never got boring to knit because everything went so fast. And frankly, I love some good stockinette stitch in the round…up to a point. But the great thing about this pattern is, once you do get tired of the straight knitting, a little fun comes to rescue you in the form of the gathered cable.
The design is brilliant. There is no shaping, none. The cable doubles as a design feature and a way to pull the sweater in under your bust so no side shaping is required. I used a slightly thicker yarn than the pattern called for, was able to get stitch gauge, only my row gauge was a bit longer (5.5 as opposed to 6) so I just compensated for that by slightly altering the spacing of the decreases for the armholes. For everything else I didn’t worry so much since I was planning on adding inches to the body and sleeves anyway.
For normal people arms, if you follow the pattern, you will get a bracelet length sleeve on the sweater, for those with freakishly long arms like me, the sleeves would have been more of a three-quarter length. Since I was knitting this in alpaca wool I knew it needed to be a true long sleeve winter sweater and so I added a good four inches to the sleeves pre-blocking (they grew another inch or so after blocking) in order to get the long sleeved look you see above. I added the length before the increases began. I also added a good 4-5 inches to the body of the sweater as well.
The other modification I made was knitting the body in a size to fit my bust and then knitting one size smaller for the sleeves. I have done this with a couple other sweaters before and it has worked out well for a more tailored fit to me. This is one of the things I love about knitting, I can actually adjust things to fit my body.
Pattern: Gathered Pullover
Source: Interweave Knits, Winter 2007
Size: 36 1/2 for the body, smallest size for the sleeves
Needles: US 7
Yarn: Plymouth Suri Merino
Mods: Added 4 inches to the sleeves and body, knit a smaller size sleeve than body
Verdict: This may be my most wearable knit yet