Pattern: Hourglass Sweater from LMKG
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted Merino in Rosa Vivacity (a little over 6 hanks)
Needles: 4.5mm 32″ and 47″ Addi Turbos
Gauge: 5 spi
Date Started: 11.09.05
Date Restarted: 1.18.06
Date Finished: 2.03.06
I present to you the world’s most comfortable sweater. It’s sheer luxury putting this on. The Malabrigo is perfect when knit with 4.5mm’s, it’s squishy (that’s a technical term), soft, and cozy. Knitting it at 5 spi alleviated any pilling worries, as did the sweater shaver I bought (from Target) as extra insurance.
I originally picked up this yarn at Stitches East to knit up a ‘hot lava’ shrug, but thankfully my gauge never worked up for it. If it had, then I would have never decided to return a cone of yarn I got at the same time from Webs and exchanged it for more Malabrigo. I can’t imagine not living with this sweater (am I overdramatic or what!?). My favorite part, aside from the softness, the halo, the neckline, and the fit? The little Missoni-esque stripes the yarn formed.
The pattern is zen-like in it’s stockinette stitch, some may call it boring, till you get to the neckline hem that is. I HATED sewing it down. No matter how careful and methodical I was, the neckline wanted to turn out. Thankfully a little steam blocking helped things stay flat, which is the only blocking I’ve done so far.