I finished my sweater yesterday! I’d set it aside while we were the throes of a heatwave, as many of you are too, but since it’s relatively tolerable right now and I’m in Finish Everything Mode, I picked it up yesterday. Only one sleeve was left, why let it linger in the WIPs for one little sleeve? In between laundry and taking the girl shopping for dorm supplies, I knit around and around and around. After dinner we watched Troy, and I knit around and around and then somehow I was binding off even before the battle between Hector and Achilles. It needs washing and blocking but it’s done!
I ended up liking the color combination a lot, even if the tonal stripes seem a little unusual. And I like how the navy stands out. Really, I think they all play well together. And best of all?? It has pockets!
The two main colors are Berroco Ultra Alpaca and it’s not my favorite. It does play nicely on needles, not slippery at all, and has great stitch definition. It’s a more earthy yarn, with a rougher texture, so not only does it grab and hold onto dog hair, but it’s also scratchy against my skin. I tried it on to make sure it fit, and it does, but I definitely won’t be able to wear it without something long-sleeved underneath.
It’s not a perfect fit. There’s not as much positive ease in the body as I’d wanted; the result of swatching flat instead of in the round. The sleeves are long, maybe even a tad longer than I like, and I’m not convinced they match each other, but I’m also not convinced you can tell by looking at it. The bottom edge has a terrible urge to fold up, and I really hope blocking takes care of that. But even with all of that, I look at it and I love it. I made this pretty little sweater! And now I feel confident enough to make a sweater with better yarn, maybe Malabrigo, that won’t be itchy against my skin!
Pattern: Tea with Jam and Bread by Heidi Kirmaier
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Ultra Alpaca Tonal, Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Worsted
Oh, it looks amazing! Love the colors together and it looks like it’s going to be so cozy. 🙂
This is going to be really nice and comfy to wear! Since you haven’t washed it and blocked it yet, don’t despair on the fit. The wool and alpaca content of the yarn will probably expand enough for you to get the ease you want.
Good to know! I’ll remain optimistic then.
It turned out great! I love the colours and the pockets:)
I love it. Roll on cooler weather when we can start wearing our creations again
Right?? Not that I’m ready for full-on winter yet, but 70s at least would be nice!
I love how your sweater turned out. I agree with your other commenters. I think that it will soften with washing and blocking. I’ve heard that you can add a little hair conditioner to the wash to soften it more but I haven’t tried it yet.
It’s drying right now so I’ll find out soon. The conditioner is a good tip, I’ll keep it in mind!
Looks awesome! Knitting pockets seems like magic to me. I’ll have to try it next time I pick a sweater pattern.
It was a little fiddly but I sure am tickled with them!