Added Feb 14, 2010
I LOVE this!!
It’s so warm and light!
AND I kicked kitchner stitch ASS!!
I would be a bit happier if it were a little larger, but it will make a great spring/summer sweater.
Yarn: Silky Wool
Needles: Size 5’s
I think I should have gone down to 4’s for the body. I knit tighter in the round. I like the look of the sleeves more than the body, I think the smaller needle size would have made them closer in texture.
Mods (intentional): I didn’t do the hem, because I am a lazy ass. I used seed stitch, which I love. I didn’t do the i-cord sleeve detail, because I am a lazy ass. I subbed in seed stitch here as well.
That i-cord bind off is some kind of genius, so I did do that.
Mods (unintentional): I started the body with the stitch count for the medium and larger needles. The more I read about how much this yarn stretches, the more worried I was that it would be huge. So I decreased down to the small count and dropped a needle size.
In hindsight, this was maybe overkill. One or the other was probably fine. There is also some definite fudging of the pattern at the top. My stitch count was off by two and I didn’t do the short rows, so I winged it a bit at the end.
For my first bottom up sweater, I’ll call it a success. I didn’t particularly enjoy the process, but I love the sweater. I’m thinking of adding just one button right at the bottom of the smocking, but for now I call her done.
yarn , elsebth lavold, silky wol