Let's start with a few pics (note: it looks better on me, but not much):
|The collar is its nicest feature, IMO.|
Other good news is that I'm sure I could fix this "wearable muslin" so that, in the next version, I'd correct the challenges by:
- Using a yarn with less drape and more structure - like the Cascade 220. I sense this is key with this sweater.
- Making sure that the below bust side decreases start as soon as possible.
- Making sure the back decreases start 2 inches higher.
- Making the sweater 2 inches longer.
- Machine stitching the buttonholes on a hand-inserted button band - I'm convinced this is the only way to make a hand knit sweater sturdy.
- Getting to 40 stitches in the arm by just below the bicep (that means I'd have to cut 20 stitches out of this thing in the top 3 inches of the sleeve). As it is, I had to keep ad hoc decreasing - including two decrease rows in the moss stitch on the sleeve. That really didn't improve how the pattern lies, though it's not observable at the seam (which is at the under-forearm).
Please do not misunderstand. I think this is a sweater with MUCH to recommend itself:
- Clear instructions
- Easy pattern
- Chic shape
- Useful in many kinds of cold weather
- Lovely details
Next, I'm moving on to the Siivet Pullover, the sweater y'all recommended for the sport weight Gauge the Situation project. Not fast, mind you, but next.
I'm curious to know your thoughts about this garment. Have you made it? Do you like it?