Saturday, March 7, 2009
I wore this sweater to Panera knit night on Thursday and realized that, not only had I not blogged it, but I hadn't even uploaded decent pictures to ravelry!
I knit the majority of this sweater last fall, during our New England vacation. I cast on while we were driving through NYC (we didn't stop), but that hem isn't actually part of the garment. Apparently I was so dazzled by the lights that I couldn't manage to join without twisting! The plain stockinette was done mostly in the dark, while Will drove.
The yarn is Cascade 220 Tweed in Color 601, which is called Spring Tweed. This was my first time using the yarn, and it really washed up quite well. The pattern is the popular Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. This is a great basic, flattering sweater pattern for worsted weight. I made a couple of modifications. I added slightly more waist shaping based on my actual measurements and added a vaguely successful steeked V neck. I have a 'neck thing' and usually wear V necks to avoid having the fabric touch my throat (which makes my subconscious think that someone is choking me).
I now feel a little less intimidated by steeks, but the main thing that I learned from this sweater is that I don't like turned hems. At least at the waist. No matter what I do, they tend to flare out, giving me a lovely tummy/butt ruffle that I think I will avoid in the future!