Love look what you’ve done to me
Pattern: February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (55% merino wool, 33% microfiber, 12% cashmere), Red-Orange colorway
Needles: U.S. 8 Harmony wood Options, 60-inch circular for body and 32-inch circular for sleeves (Magic Loop style)
You knit a sweater for a couple of months. You look at all the pictures of all the completed versions of this sweater on different people — tall, short, thin, plump, flat, buxom, punk, prim. You can’t quite picture it on yourself, but you knit on in hope.
Then you sew on the buttons and weave in the ends, and the blob that’s been sitting in your lap (and occasionally being pulled round your shoulders for fittings) turns into a sweater. You put it on — and miraculously, it’s perfect.
It’s impossibly cozy. Softer than any piece of clothing you’ve ever worn. Substantial, yet not heavy. And the way it swings around your torso and hits right at your hips is unexpectedly just right.
You remember the last few weeks, while the lace was progressing with such ease. You read your knitting like a pro and never needed to refer to the instructions. When it was time to start the sleeves, you realized the genius of putting those stitches on hold after starting the lace — underarm holes aren’t mistake, they’re part of the pattern. This is so amusing and so perfect that you laughed out loud.
The buttons you bought at your out-of-business LYS more than a year ago have a home. And oh, that garter stitch — cushy and boldly textural. Once again you thank Kay and Ann for being garter stitch’s tireless champion. They couldn’t be more correct.
The sweater draws you in to smaller and smaller details, to their perfection and beauty. Yet its overall effect is simply — natural. A well-made garment, thoughtfully constructed, eminently wearable. The last thing anyone in the world would remark upon, and yet the one thing that makes it all worthwhile.