Hourglass Sweater

Hourglass Sweater

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.
Hourglass Raglan Detail

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  • grumperina February 5, 2006 at 9:29 pm

    I love that color, and I love the way the sweater looks on you! Congratulations on a favorite knit!

  • Alexandra February 5, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    Wow…an Hourglass in handpainted yarn without any weird pooling! You must lead a charmed life.:-) It looks great on you, and I love the color.

  • elizabooth February 5, 2006 at 9:39 pm

    Love it! And I love the yarn. The colour is a beaut and the sweater looks lovely on you. Congrats!

  • Sandra February 5, 2006 at 9:46 pm


  • tabbytuxedo February 5, 2006 at 9:52 pm

    So lovely!

  • Laura February 5, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    It looks great! I just picked up this book today after seeing so many Hourglass Sweaters and other great things that have come from it.

  • Liz February 5, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    She turned out beautifully, and you look lovely in her. I will repeat, I am not a big fan of pink, but that yarns, combined wit h the sweater shaping is a thing of great beauty, and almost enough to make me think about pink… as a colour to use.

  • Jessica February 5, 2006 at 10:45 pm

    It looks great. The variegation in the yarn works well for that pattern.

  • Chris February 5, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    It’s stunning! Congratulations!Heh, I’m working on some strategies to avoid sewing down the neck after hearing that…

  • illanna February 5, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    Stunning!!! I love the color and the collar is phenomenal.

  • tina February 5, 2006 at 11:03 pm

    oh my god!! I LOVE IT! It is so adorable! and pretty!! It’s really gorgeous

  • heatherfeather February 5, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    i really can’t decide if i want to make this sweater – i have abysmal Stst tension…rowing out left and right… but i love the construction of this sweater.but again, me with the wanting to roll in the yarn… mmmmMMmmmmpink!

  • caitlyn February 5, 2006 at 11:12 pm

    Wow, Yahaira!!! Your Hourglass sweater is REALLY REALLY beautiful!!!! You did an amazing job and the neckline is perfect!! *And* is looks wonderful on you! YAY!!

  • Jeanie February 5, 2006 at 11:21 pm

    What a cheerful sweater that is! And your stitches are so perfect! Beautiful knitting!!!

  • Leah February 5, 2006 at 11:22 pm

    It really is stunning! The fit, the color, everything! I love the way it turned out!!

  • NoNoKitty February 5, 2006 at 11:26 pm

    It’s so beautiful Yahaira! That color is lovely. I haven’t seen an hourglass sweater that I’ve liked more than yours, and I’m not even a ‘pink’ person. It looks great on you!

  • jennie February 6, 2006 at 12:09 am

    I can’t believe how beautiful your hourglass turned out! The yarn really is gorgeous, especially the striping effect. Yours was the inspiration to create my own, though now I’m starting to question whether I should really gift mine or be selfish and keep it for myself! Congrats!

  • Knitknat February 6, 2006 at 12:47 am

    Look at you, a sweater a week! It’s beautiful. I love pink. It’s very flattering on you, too.

  • Elspeth February 6, 2006 at 12:50 am

    So gorgeous! I love the color and it looks great on you!

  • goodkarma February 6, 2006 at 1:16 am

    It’s absolutely lovely and the yarn you used ended up being perfect for it. I love it. I covet it. 🙂 Can you share any tips on size choices? I’ve read that a lot of folks had trouble choosing a size and wished they would have gone down one… did you choose one that matched your bust measurment or did you include any ease/neg. ease? Inquiring minds want to know; I think I’m one of the last people on earth who still hasn’t knit this but wants to. I hope that if I do make one, it will turn out as well as yours.

  • winnie February 6, 2006 at 1:34 am

    oh crikey…now i want another one in pink too! it looks fabulous on you!

  • jenn February 6, 2006 at 3:15 am

    I love the neckline of the sweater, looks(and sounds) like it worked up beautifully!

  • Terhi February 6, 2006 at 4:04 am

    Yahaira, your Hourglass is delicious! I love the colour! I’m just starting mine, and seeing yours is just the inspiration I needed. 🙂

  • anna February 6, 2006 at 4:41 am

    beautiful beautiful – love the missoni stripes and the neck looks perfect.

  • Annarella February 6, 2006 at 5:00 am

    This is brilliant! Your Hourglass looks fantastic on you, and you’re such a fast knitter! Both the hem and the raglan seams are soooo neat, way to go! I’m so impressed 🙂 xxx

  • nichola February 6, 2006 at 8:05 am

    beautiful!! i really mus finish mine.

  • colleen February 6, 2006 at 9:48 am

    The side view looks great–of course the rest of the photos are being blocked by my server (damn thing).

  • gleek February 6, 2006 at 9:52 am

    wow! that turned out just lovely. i can’t wait to make one now!

  • Cara February 6, 2006 at 10:02 am

    What a beautiful sweater! Just the words “Malabrigo sweater” make my heart flutter a little.

  • Julsey February 6, 2006 at 10:46 am

    damn girl!you’re a knittng machine!!!!!It looks great 🙂

  • Brooklyn Handspun February 6, 2006 at 11:15 am

    Wow that is fab! I love the color and that neckline is great – ok I’ve been pushed over the edge I WILL be making this sweater!

  • carrie February 6, 2006 at 11:24 am

    that’s such a fabulous color and it looks perfectly lovely. i agree, the neckline is divine! hurrah!

  • Amy February 6, 2006 at 11:33 am

    You are such a fast knitter. The colors and fit are so great. What a gorgeous sweater!

  • Gracie February 6, 2006 at 12:56 pm

    It is so beautiful! I need to knit this one for myself, everyone I have seen knit is beautiful!

  • Angela February 6, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    Hot diggity! Good job woman! Those hem seams look invisible to me. Don’t know what you were tripping about. =)

  • tara February 6, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    Beautiful! Definately inpsiring…I think a sweater in this yarn will be my March project for Lolly’s Project Spectrum-I love it!

  • yuvee February 6, 2006 at 1:17 pm

    I really need to get myself some of those yarns one day. I can’t believe how gorgeous your sweater looks! The seams look perfect to me 😉

  • nikki the blogless February 6, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    How pretty! I have some olivia Malabrigo (that is supposed to be a sweater for the husby) and my trusty copy of LMKG. I just may have to knit one, too.

  • Bryony February 6, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    That rocks 😀 You have provided much inspiration for doing mine! Lovely lovely lovely!

  • Erin February 6, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    dude. you like totally copied me and my malabrigo hourglass. *straight faced*dammit. heh. seirously, it fits SO well! I wonder if the steam blocking would work on my (still curly) neckline. Rawr. Also – make that shaver work for yah, I found mine pilled quite a bit after a few days.

  • Purly Whites February 6, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    Yeah, I totally disagree with everyone else. This sweater looks like shit. I hate the color and it doesn’t fit you at all. I can’t believe you call yourself a knitter.KIDDING. I feel just the opposite. Heh.

  • christine February 6, 2006 at 3:50 pm

    That is one wonderfully gorgeous sweater……it looks as comfy as it is beautifullllll!

  • amanda woodward February 6, 2006 at 3:51 pm

    I am so jealous, that looks so gorgeous & the color is amazing! just amazing!

  • kate February 6, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    well, it’s pink, that’s for sure. tee hee. seriously, you look great in it, even if i can’t see your smiling face. (and what’s up with THAT missy?)

  • Acornbud February 6, 2006 at 11:40 pm

    Wow, very nice! Love that color and the way the yarn is not solid one color.

  • Lolly February 7, 2006 at 7:42 am

    Love the color. Love the sweater. Love the fit. What a success! I worked on mine ALL weekend – and I too will have a finished one soon. I am absolutely in love with the color of yours. It is so beautiful on you!Thanks for the note on the top turn-down row – I will use a steamer for it too.Wonderful work, Y!

  • earthchick February 7, 2006 at 2:33 pm

    WOW! That is just gorgeous. I’ve been wanting to knit that sweater, and now I know which yarn I’ll choose. You did a fabulous job and it looks great on you.

  • Elizabeth February 7, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    OOOOH. I love it! The yarn is gorgeous – a perfect pink. Great job.

  • loopylulu February 7, 2006 at 4:39 pm

    Dah! I’m jealous I didn’t knit that=) Looks great!

  • jan February 7, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    I’ve been wanting to knit that sweater but have been fretting over which yarn to use. It would’ve never occurred to me to use the Malabrigo but it looks gorgeous. I’m going to knit up a swatch and see what I think. That pink is awesome. Thanks.

  • jane February 8, 2006 at 2:14 am

    Okay, I guess I’m the only one who doesn’t know what LMKG is. Please please tell me — you’ve inspired me to figure out perhaps how to use the remaining Malabrigo I have (a gift) from an afghan I just finished. And BTW, the afghan I made is around the same gauge as your lovely sweater, and if your experience is anything like mine so far, make sure you’ve got extra batteries in stock for your sweater shaver, is all I’m sayin’!Do you know if it would be safe to put this yarn in the dryer (on no heat fluff) to plump it up a bit after blocking? I wet-blocked the whole blanket, and it’s gotten a bit flat.It’s a great sweater you made, and looks totally super on!

  • candsmom February 8, 2006 at 4:54 am

    Your Hourglass is simply stunning! That Malabrigo colorway is just gorgeous and the variegation adds such a wonderful depth. So beautiful!! It looks fantastic on you, too. Take care! 🙂

  • Emmie February 8, 2006 at 9:04 am

    Oooh, I want to join this loooove train!I absolutely love it, love it, love it… omg. I am leaving on a jet plane…. to steal your sweater…Mmmmhmmm.emms (future yahaira sweater stealer)

  • kris February 9, 2006 at 8:05 am

    yeah! i love it! now STOP IT with finishing sweaters already. you’re making the rest of us look bad. also, please don’t finish the elfine socks either. i’m still on my first one.

  • Tara February 9, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    Great color! I love how it came out. So glad you’re enjoying it!

  • Kaitie Tee February 10, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    Ok now I’m going to blame you for my inability to pick a yarn for my own Hourglass. I was going to use Knit Picks Merino Style. But now I love the look of the handpainted. Hmm…maybe I’ll have to make two! So I guess then I’d be blaming you for inspiring me to make TWO sweaters! That’s not so bad huh?

  • lisa February 12, 2006 at 12:44 pm

    Looks fabulous! I’m working on an hourglass right now in brooks farm duet – hope it turns out as nicely as yours!

  • michelleknits February 20, 2006 at 11:47 pm

    Yours really came out great. I keep starting and stopping on that sweater with different yarns, but seeing yours makes me want to just get started and have one of my own!

  • GamecockDoc February 24, 2006 at 5:22 pm

    Gorgeous sweater! I’ve been nervous about tackling my first sweater, but you’ve totally inspired me. I have to make this!

  • tea bee March 6, 2006 at 12:42 am

    GASP. Perhaps the most beautiful Hourglass ever? And in one of my very favorite yarns in one of my very favorite colors? You rock my world.

  • knit chick March 10, 2006 at 2:45 am

    That looks great! I found your blog when I did a search for “Malabrigo sweater”. I haven’t seen too many of those & was curious how it faired (especially after washing… my Malabrigo hat bloomed).

  • Kang May 5, 2006 at 6:00 am

    Great job and I like the pink colour.