Yeah, all in all pretty happy with it, despite almost fainting from the warmth from wearing it right now. Also a bit snug, the worst being my arms, hoping further blocking in the fall will help.
Tilted Duster from IK Fall 2007, size 44
Berroco Peruvia Azul Colorway, 5 skeins
KP Options, US 8's, most people knit this on 10's but me, nope, got gauge at 8's! :( No wonder it took a while. January 08 to April 08. Well I do admit to a lot of sewing going on and a few other knits got in the way too. One can only knit so much of K2P2 ribbing now! ;)
No mods other than I knit the sleeves with Magic loop until the caps were needed. I really didn't need to adjust stitch count for knitting sleeves in the round as they are snug. I was forewarned, but truly thought they would block a bit bigger. Since it won't be wearing for a while, I'll try blocking them again. Learned how to knit M1 Lefts and Rights. No holes! :)
I ordered 9 skeins even though my size called for 7 and only used 5! I was really nervous as I saw an XS knit with 5 skeins. So why does my XL have 5 skeins too? I'm thinking it could have been a bit longer. I finished all pattern repeats, but was about 1 to 1.5" short pre-blocking. At that point, trust me, I was so done with that skirt part. I figured I could steam block it into submission. Knitting with the Peruvia was just like knitting with Lamb's pride worsted as it's single ply as well. But it isn't nearly as soft as the LP is! Not sure I'd knit anything else to wear in this yarn, but I'm sure it felts well, and with 4 skeins leftover, I'm sure I'll find out.
A pretty straight forward pattern for a newbie sweater knitter like me except when I started it, knitting the front bodice pieces was a bit frightening. The way the directions are, you think you are knitting the right bodice, but it's really the left...I knit 3 bodices as 1 was the swatch. I looked everywhere to see if I was totally crazy, but no one mentioned it. Oh well...as you can see I conquered that problem.
I found lots of tips from Ready, Set, Knit Podcast and Ravelry.
The pensive pose.
Yeah, I wanted to show you the side! I bound off as suggested in the pattern, on the WS and I don't mind the bottom flaring a bit.
(now the sleeves aren't that tight, it's just my pose)
The back, geesh, mine looks huge! But you can see that upper area is a tiny bit snug, but not painfully so. This yarn is warm...um..really warm and itchy. Hoping the cold weather takes care of that..oh yeah and a long sleeved shirt! ;)
Close up of the buttons I got at SAFF. I don't remember the vendor, she was on the floor level near the sheep shearing. She was great, I brought a bit of this yarn for matching purposes and she let me take my selections outside to double check in the sunlight. How cool was that, I walked out with like 6 sets of buttons too. That wouldn't happen at your local fabric shop for sure! I really like them, they were a little big for my buttonholes, but I made them work. Still need to add the hook/eye to keep the sides a bit closer together.
For my 3rd sweater, not bad. The first one Green Gable, was too big and has a new owner who loves it!! Sweater 2, the Everyday Carptigan is ok, not happy with the fit, but a good sweater for around the house. Sweater #4 is on the needles now!
I'm pretty happy with it. I knew all along it would be a bit snug in the chest/upper arm area which is a problem area for me, but I'm working on it with the help of some friends from the Fitness along. I think that will help the fronts be a little closer together too. The style, isn't what I should probably wear either due to my extreme chest (well extreme for me ;) why peeps want more there I have no idea!) but I don't care! I've always like the sweater and look forward to a better fit in the fall, stay tuned for a fall post on this one!
Yeah I'm done, watcha gonna do about it!!