Our hearts were ringing
Pattern: Simple Knitted Bodice (Ravelry link) by Stefanie Japel
Yarns: Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool (65% wool, 35% silk), Vibrant Green colorway (6 skeins); Trendsetter Jester (80% rayon, 20% nylon), Lime/Pink colorway (2 balls)
Needles: U.S. 6 and 4 24″ Knit Picks nickel Options (sleeves Magic Looped)
My first sweater. Reaction #1: I can’t believe I knit the whole thing. Reaction #2: I am master of the universe.
The only finishing there is to do when you’re done knitting is to sew down two inches of neckline and weave in the ends. Pure brilliance. I can’t wait to start my next sweater, but I gotta tell you — the top-down raglan has won my heart.
This sweater isn’t perfect. I was so terrified of making it too small that I made it a bit too big. I’d be less concerned and more trusting of the stretchiness of stockingette, next time. I committed early to make it in a DK weight yarn, which meant I had to decrease the needle size to make a nice fabric, but I couldn’t decrease down correspondingly in the smaller needle because I didn’t have a #3 needle — and that means the center panel doesn’t pull in as much as it should. I’d love to make it in a yarn closer to the recommended weight and needles closer to the recommended size, to see if I could get something truly fitted.
Plus I’m smaller in the gut than I was when I started this, way back in late October as an early start to NaKniSweMo. (Speaking of which, how about that late finish?) I was terrified of how the fittedness in the waist would look on my bulges. Now I’m much less self-conscious about that area (thank you, flavored water!), and I hope to be confident about something sleek and shapely next time.
What will that next time be? Well, it will probably be a while (maybe November). But Labyrinth, the new Wendy Bernard design from Stitch Diva Studios (the good folks who brought me the SKB), is bewitching, is it not?