Pattern: Pull #460-T6-275 (Phildar has a way with words!) from Phildar Tendances, Hiver/Winter 2006/2007 [Ravelry]
Yarn: Suss Alpaca, 5 (6?) skeins
Needles: US 5, US 6 24" circular needles
Oh, Phildar. What is your obsession with knitting everything flat? Jessica. What is your obsession with knitting everything in the round? Look at this sweater: it's REVERSE STOCKINETTE. That means if you knit it in the round, you're going to be PURLING FOR 15 MILLION YEARS. Also, please note: there are compelling design reasons to design knitwear with seams, namely stability - if you want a piece to retain its shape and not stretch in weird ways, especially length-wise, flat is preferable. I read an article about this some months back and now I can't remember where I found it. But anyway, note to self: sometimes you take seaming-avoidance too damned far! I mean look at all those purl stitches:
I decided to knit the trunk of this sweater in the round for one reason: like Parikha, I had heard that seaming reverse stockinette was a nightmare and tried to minimize the amount I'd have to do in this pattern. Ultimately I did have to seam the sleeve caps, though, and guess what, it really wasn't that bad. Parikha recommended this visual guide; I used my trusty Knitters' Companion and bribed Virginia with dinner to hold my hand through the process.
Not bad for a beginner, eh?
I made a few other mods based on other Ravelers', e.g., Knit-Knat's collar modifications, to make the neckline a little less floppy. I also added a repeat of the leaf motif (I am so short, this is a new skill for me!) because I used a smaller-gauge yarn than called for and my row gauge was way smaller. I probably ripped this in various ways like twice because I felt I couldn't get the length right.
In the end, despite how long it took (I started it almost three years ago and finished in October 2010, gulp), I am way happy with this. It's one of the few handknits I've actually worn to work! And, of course, it went to Rhinebeck! Proof:
. . . where it met Lolly, and Heather, and Jenna, and lots of other awesome superknitters. (photo courtesy of the incomparable Heather / addknitter - that's Lolly, Katy, and me!). Here are my Rhinebeck photos, I think I linked to those before.
This is the first entry in a backlog of FOs - stay tuned for more in the days ahead!Posted by jess at February 26, 2011 6:26 PM | TrackBack