Remember the CONTESTends tonight when my Mr pulls a number out of a hat. That corresponding comment gets a huge prize 🙂

What can I say about the Thermal that hasn’t already been said? When this pattern first came out I thought it was brilliant, right up my ally & wonderful. So I knit it.  This was about 1.5 years ago and I had been knitting at the time for exactly 2 months. Let me tell you, it was after this sweater that I learned about gage.  The sweater came out HUGE. Not only huge, but it was too short, too wide & the sleeves were too long. It was a mess. I was heart broken.

So I frogged it, and RESTARTED it immediately. This time I checked my gage (at least I thought I did) and cast on for a MUCH smaller size. I finished it again, and once again, it was TOO BIG.  So I threw this pattern to the bottom of my to-do list & moved on.

Earlier this month I had seen a few nice in progress thermals from my friends on Ravelry. So heartened I cast on again (with newly purchased gloss yarn). My gage was. still. off. Drastically. I had a decision to make. Go down to a size 0 or cast on a smaller size. I did the latter cause who wants to knit  6 billion st on size 0 needles? Not me that’s for sure!

3 weeks later here we have my new thermal.


(I wish I had a better waist *cries* and also that I had adjusted my left arm so it sat on my shoulder!)
Pattern: Thermal
         Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss
   Needle:US 3 circs
                                                                       Mods: Added 2 inches to the length because 14″ on any large busted person is just poor design math. Did the arm holes for 9″ instead of 7″ and left off the placket.
:Can I say that I absolutely love this sweater? I don’t know. I think this sweater will get a TON of use, it’s light weight, and warm, I like the low neck and the color. Everyone I know has gone crazy over this stitch pattern and it is quite lovely. This is a sweater that will be worn to rags but I don’t know that I love it as much as my others.  I’m glad I knit it, but I’m glad it’s behind me.

One thing I wish I would have done is raised the neck and not had so many decreases on the front 2 panels. This is not my neckline. Not in the least. I’m a deep V kinda gal. I have to wear something under this because well, with out it…well I would probably be revealing a little TOO much boobage for the public. So I’m thinking probably a cami instead of a t-shirt.
I also haven’t blocked this yet so I may still get some + ease which I don’t really need but even more length would be nice. Again it’s a little on the short side. *sigh* I may still grow to love this sweater. I’m just not sure yet. I think it will be much used, but I wouldn’t knit it for a 4th time that’s for sure! 🙂

I was told I had to add this last one. The Mr thinks that all my pictures are “nice” but not really “you” ie, me. So he goofed around till I broke out laughing. Yeah, this is classic. I’m that girl that laughs to loud & to much. My niece went through a state of throwing her head back & chortling this last winter. I wonder where she saw that?


9 thoughts on “Thermal

  1. Well I think that your Thermal turned out awesomely! I like the colour on you and the fit is good. I would have probably lifted the neckline a little too, but hey, it’s D-O-N-E! Congratulations!

    And tell the Mr that the last pic of you is THE BEST!

  2. Your thermal looks great and I would have added length too, what’s with all the short sweaters! I don’t get it.

    I think the last picture is the best also!

  3. The Mr captured the best moment of you in the picture! It’s a beautiful thermal and I admire your patience to give it three strikes!

  4. Will you post a pic after you block it? I have read that the Gloss changes a lot after it meets water. As I recall it changed mostly by stretching out so that people’s too short sweaters became either perfect or too long so I have my fingers crossed that yours becomes perfect.

    Gauge is impossible on this project. At least it was for me, I didn’t bother to really check it though and just tried it on a few times to determine the appropriate size. Mmm… Trial + Error. However, I used sock yarn which doesn’t change much with blocking so I feel like this was allowable.

    Finally: Congratulations on finishing this sweater!!! I know you knit fast but I CANNOT believe you knit this sweater 3 times! It has taken me 1.5 years just to knit the body and a sleeve!!!!

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