yarn: lang soft shetland, charcoal (05), 10 balls
needles: 3.75mm, 24″ and 16″ circs
date started: 09.21.08
date finished: 11.13.08
finally, a sweater with no finishing! all I had to do was weave in the ends and block it and it was ready to go. it feels like I’ve had a streak of good luck with all these sweaters, the patterns have been straight forward and easy to follow.
my gauge was a little off, so I just knit a size smaller knowing it would come out in my size. I think I ended up with an inch of ease, or a little less, on this one.
I only hit one snag and it might have been because of my row gauge – I’ll admit I’ve been too lazy to check while knitting. if I would have finished the cable, the sleeves would have been way too long on me. I couldn’t finish the cable on the first sleeve, so I tried to start the cabling earlier on the stockinette portion of the second sleeve. I almost made it, but not quite. it’ll just have to be part of the ‘design’ of the sweater, no one other than knitters would know anyway right?
I originally bought the soft shetland for the ram’s horn jacket from knitting nature. once the yarn came though, I decided that the fabric was too thin and un-jacket like for the ram’s horn and I wanted to knit this sweater pretty badly. it’s sold as a worsted or heavy worsted yarn, but I don’t feel like I lost any drape by going down to a much smaller needle size.
this yarn definitely gives the sweater a more rustic feel than the original one. it’s tweedy-ish and soft, but not buttery merino soft. a warmer sort of softness, if that makes sense. since it doesn’t have the plumpness of a merino yarn, the cables almost fade into the stockinette sections. a feature I was first worried about, but have since grown to love.
the only real question I have on this sweater, what to wear underneath? it’s been tough finding shirts that work with this neckline. so far tanks seem the way to go.