AKA the most tedious sweater I’ve ever knit. When I say that though it’s nothing to do with the pattern, it’s all me. It’s the stripes, the all the starting and stopping to change colors, it’s the 3 million ends I wove in, it’s the hem and the hood and the pockets. I hated everything about knitting this sweater. I didn’t even know if I liked my color choice by the end…
When I was done though? This is the most perfect sweater ever. I love the weight, I love the ease, I love the hem and the snaps and the pockets. This will no doubt be my go-to sweater for everything. It will be easy to throw on and go.
I didn’t meet gauge (big surprise I know) because I subbed in a lighter weight yarn. Mostly because I couldn’t justify mortgaging the house on the amount of Madeline Tosh Merino it would have taken me to knit this thing. If I was a skinny little thing it wouldn’t have been a big deal but I’m obviously not. Also, I once again had to do math because the largest bust size the designer wrote was for a 50″, which is 2″ less than my bust and that’s with no positive ease. I did my maths and at 6sts/inch and a raglan increase I kept increasing and knitting until I had a bust size of about 56″ so that this would be perfectly slouchy.
I love that this is all done in reverse stockinette but I do think that this could have been knit in the round, steeked, and then the hem done. If I would have been thinking ahead I would have done that, and knit it inside out so that it was all in knit not in purl. I knit the sleeves inside out, why didn’t this occur to me?
The hood turned out super slouchy which I don’t know if is because of the pattern, my yarn choice, or my poor conversion math. Still, it lays flat and looks pretty cute from behind thanks to that orange hem.
Will I ever wear the hood? Maybe, but I doubt it. The only hoods I do wear are for my rain coat or hoody when I’m in the barn. This is definitely not a barn sweater because I really do love it so much. I just can’t tell you how relieved I am too because this was a beast to knit for me and if I didn’t like it I just might have thrown the whole thing away.
I know for a fact that this is the knit that ate my mojo. I just couldn’t knit anything or focus on new knits till I got this stupid thing off the needles. Now that it finally is I can move on with my life!
So there we go. Finally a finished project. Course I’ve been knitting but I can’t show you things. I have a sweater in the upcoming issue of Knit Magazine (issue 45) which I’m so excited about! This is the sweater that customs demanded payment for so it was rejected, missed it’s deadline, and was sent back (which took 3 full months to arrive). Then I have my Outlaw sweater to a tech editor which is really exciting for me because I’ve never used a tech editor before and I think it will really help a TON. I haven’t decided if I’m going to have it test knitted yet, I know I probably should, I’m just still on the fence. Then of course I’m about halfway through my Assassin’s Creed Sweater which is rocking my world. I wish it was my size but I will definitely knit another one for me.