Thursday, September 4, 2008
FO: Urbane sweater
At last! A sweater for an urbane man (see rant about men's sweaters)! It's a svelte and stylish V-neck sweater with ribbing and subtly textured cables.
The pattern was based on the top-down set-in sleeve instructions in Knitting from the Top by Barbara Walker. If there is enough interest, I'll write it up, so please comment! By the way, this uses size 3 needles, so you really, really have to love the recipient.
The cable pattern is also new, adapted from yet another Barbara Walker Treasury. There are three cables each on the front and back, and one down the outside of each arm. The circular shape is a nod to the olympics rings, since this is a Ravelympics project.
The coolest part is that the cables in the front and back meet on the shoulder seamlessly!
Five skeins of Louet Gems Sport in Indigo went into this sweater. In the end, all I had leftover was the swatch and less than 3 inches of yarn! Whew! This yarn is wonderful--it's 100% wool but doesn't itch at all, and it's so soft and smooth and easy to knit. I absolutely adore the colors of all the Louet Gems yarns, and it pains me that I do not have the wherewithal to take proper pictures of this yarn. Just know that is is a lovely, deep blue with a bit of sheen. The only pic that showed it somewhat ok was the picture of the inital skeins:
The very wet blocking was worth the two-day wait. I love how the ribs relaxed with blocking, so that the fabric drapes instead of clings.