yarn: jo sharp silk road ultra, nero, 20 balls
needles: 8mm circs and 7.5mm hook
date started: 8.14.08
date finished: 8.23.08
three months after finishing it and about one month of use, I finally get to blog about the hooded pullover and the complicated love/hate relationship we’ve endured so far. don’t get me wrong, I loved this pattern and would definitely knit it again…just in another yarn. how could you not love a cabled sweater that knits in just over a week? especially one as soft and warm as this one. the cables are gorgeous and I love how they seem to just pop off the sweater.
I followed the pattern pretty must as written, except when it comes time to join the sleeves and the placket. there seem to be some errors in this pattern that haven’t been updated in the vogue site. because you first join the sleeves and body in the round and then begin working back and forth in the middle of the next round, the sleeves rows wouldn’t be matched up anymore forcing you to work two ws rows on the left sleeve. also, when the pattern states “4th row rep of chart” for the sleeve it really means 4 chart reps total. during the hood turning the pattern seems to break down and the ribbing isn’t maintained – you just need to follow your instinct in this section.
as much as I love wearing this hoodie, there are a few things that really irk me. it might just be the nature of the beast but it always feels like the sweater just wants to fall. I’m constantly readjusting. do you see how on the left of the picture (my right shoulder) the sweater looks like it’s sliding down? it does this all the time. I’m not sure if it’s just the weight of the yarn combined with the hood that’s dragging it down or if I should have done more raglan decreases to fit my shoulders better. I also wish I hadn’t done the hood increases since, as is, the hood is way too wide on me and ends up looking like a jedi robe.
the thing that irks me the most? this yarn! I don’t think I’ll ever be buying silkroad ultra ever again. not only does it pill like crazy, I’m talking malabrigo proportions here, but each ball had a knot or two in it. after using 20 balls for this sweater, the amount of ends to weave in was insane. I could have lived with the knots if the yarn still looked as lux as it did when I started, but my poor sweater looks used and abused. I think we’re beyond a sweater shaver since it seems to make it worse. if this yarn had been plied differently I think it could’ve survived. I still wear it out, but I can see this becoming a house-only sweater soon.