(Please ignore my hair - the wind was blowing!)
Pattern - Union Square Market Pullover by Kate Gilbert, Interweave Knits Fall 2005
Yarn - 6 balls (and a tiny bit of another ball) of RYC Cashsoft 4 ply in loganberry, 1 ball of Cashsoft 4 ply in monet, size 2 needles
I can't believe I finished this sweater! Even more surprising to me was that I only got sick of knitting it at one time, and that was after finishing the body. I have to confess that I miss knitting it just a bit. But most importantly, I am very happy with the sweater. Yay! Some notes:
- Cashsoft is a great yarn. Easy on the hands, super soft and only split occasionally. It makes a warm fabric that I think will be perfect for a fall sweater.
- I was debating whether I should have chose a different color contrast yarn. The light/dark purple was a little too matchy-matchy. But I think I will wear it more than if I chose a radically different color.
- The flap is the most problematic part of the sweater. I blocked it as per the directions, but it kind of moves around when worn. I think I just have to get used to it moving around and just live with it - it's not that it looks bad, it's just not as fixed as I thought it would be.
- I wanted to chose special buttons, but I had a hard time deciding. In the end, I just got shell buttons, and maybe I'll change them at some point.
(I'm channeling the model from the magazine - this position isn't as easy as it looks!)
- When I started the sleeves, I realized that the cuffs would be way too large for me. I adjusted the pattern from 92 stitches to 72 stitches, but I increased the sleeve to the correct number of stitches in the pattern by the time I got to the sleeve cap so I wouldn't have to rework them. Success! I also magic looped the sleeves, and I have to block the sleeves one more time to get rid of the ridges.
I must say that I am very proud of this sweater. Mainly because I subbed yarn successfully, I got both stitch and row gauge and I made some adjustments that worked in the end. There was a topic on the Knitter's Review forum this week about what's the difference between someone who knits and a knitter. I think with this project I can proudly call myself a knitter - or at least someone who's crazy enough to do an entire sweater on size 2 needles!
I leave you with the most frequently used knitted item(s) that I've made:
I made the sides too high so I've folded them down and with the weather cooling down, Maggie and Unki sleep in their Pies daily. I love seeing them use their Pies!