While my take on the February Lady Sweater chilled (incomplete) in sundry bags around the house its Ravelry bandwagon got a little more crowded… insane heights of popularity @ 8,250 projects & counting. It’s cute, free, and in 7 languages.
My original plan was to get going on the baby gift this weekend. Well, that went straight out the window… I came down with a cold & my hands weren’t down with the superwash wool experience. I switched over to the very forgiving Diamond Galway in my FLS. It saw me through hours of Olympics coverage, and was simply lovely to work with.
Just a note – no photos of my poor, sick face, okay? Believe me you, I am grinning & very happy with this baby!
I had to stretch out the project name for accuracy. And from the back:
Usually big old swaths of garter stitch in clothes look hopelessly 1970s to me. What I found in knitting the Aestlight shawl last summer is that garter is also amazingly cushy. The yoke on this sweater is a hand-knit hug. It really is that nice.
In terms of new skills this was a gentle step-up. I learned new things like raglan construction from the top, and 1 row buttonholes but it was all within reach.
The only thing that I didn’t like was the sleeves. You are going from the armpit down, so every 14 or so stitches the whole sweater needs to be turned. That was a slog and I really never got a good way to knit them in the round. The whole time it seemed like I was adjusting the circulars &/or DPN combos. Since the pattern gives zip in the way of sleeve length, I was also trying it on for size. I did want ¾-length sleeves & decided on 11 ½” plus a 2″ garter cuff. The cuffs are 12 rounds of garter casted-off purlwise.
It was easier to decide on the body’s length. I just worked off a favourite cardi & went with 18″ long for 5’2″ me. The body has a sewn cast-off to keep things elastic. I haven’t finished the neck edge but may do a single crochet around.
Wish me luck with the baby gift!