I was so excited about this make that I blogged about it early (Check out Part 1 here). I started this as part of the Drea Renee March to May knit a long. I can understand the point of knit-a-longs now. I am hooked on Andrew Mowry’s knitting patterns! I have since purchased quite a few more, and got good starts on both the Sparks socks and the Weekender. But more about those later!
When I wrote my first post, I had gotten about halfway down the body. Well the rest of it went super quick. I was knitting this up in worsted weight, so it went pretty quickly. Some were skeptical about the colour choices in this one, but deep down in my creative heart, I just knew that they would look fantastic.
And I wasn’t wrong!
Ok, usually I hate blocking things (and often never do), but I was so friggin excited to wear this sweater that I got it blocked almost immediately and on my body as fast as possible. The yarn is described as a luxury acrylic yarn with a satiny soft finish, and they are true to their word. I’m not sure how well it will wear, but I don’t care because it feels like silk on my skin. My crochety sensitive skin can’t complain about this hand knit gem.
Also, another confession. I don’t gauge swatch. For any of you non-knitters out there, a gauge swatch is a test piece (usually 4″x4″) that you do to test the finished size of a pattern. It’s just not my thing. I am too impatient to test anything. Same reason I don’t do muslins when sewing. I just dive into things throwing my faith to the size-gods. And did it ever turn out in my favour on this one!
This was also only the second colourwork sweater I have done, so I am still working on my float tension in between colours. But I think I was uber-aware of it this time, so I got minimal puckering and it all shaped out when I blocked it.
This is knit from top to bottom so it allowed me to adjust the length of the body and the sleeves as I worked on it. I did add a couple of inches to the body, otherwise I think it might have ended up as a crop top, which is not my jam.
This is absolutely the dreamiest sweater I have ever owned. I showed it of yesterday and actually have orders to make three more of these. AND I am excited, because it was so much fun to knit.