Saturday, January 29, 2011

Another sweater down.....

Despite the yarn unraveling its way down the driveway because I wasn't paying attention and dropped the ball attached to the sweater before climbing in my truck to go pick up the kids from the bus, I did manage to finish this sweater:

This was the sweater my Mom was making for all of us for Christmas (my sister, my brother's girlfriend, my Mom and myself). I however managed to get my yarn in a nice little bag sometime around the middle to end of November.

But, I can honestly say, knitting 4 of these would drive me batty. But since I have a hard time knitting even 2 of any one thing, that is understandable!

And while I probably made mine longer and looser than the other 3, I am not such a fan of fitted knits for the most part. Actually, this could stand to be shrunk a little bit, but I have never had any luck getting Berroco ultra alpacha to shrink....usually it grows!

However, this is going to be one of those go to sweaters this spring, if you know what I'm talking about. Throw on with a pair of jeans and a long sleeved tshirt, wear to work with get the general idea!

There was no actual pattern, which is why it's a little loose....the directions I got were cast on 76 stitches, place markers and do your raglan increases, separate for the arms once you've knit far enough down, and keep knitting til you reach your desired length.
Since I am a person who likes detailed directions, this was a trial for me. I did the raglan increases, knit until I had gone far enough down, cast on 8 underarm stitches, and knit until it hit my hips. Looking back, I should have cast on less stitches under the arms, adjusted my raglan seams so I had more sweater in the front and less in the back, and put in some waist and hip shaping.
But, better to be too big than too small, and I am happy with it and I am sure I will get lots of wear out of it.
Now off to a busy weekend!


Kristie said...

That really turned out nicely! Love that color! You always do such a wonderful job knitting!

Patty Sumner said...

The sweater looks great even though your yarn took a trip down the driveway. I guess you could say it is a well traveled Blessings!

marit said...

Loks great! What size needles/tension did you have? I think I'd like to try something like that...

Greenmare said...

ooooooo that is lovely!!! I do wish I knew how to knit, but alas, I think it is beyond my capabilities. I just enjoy yours vicariously!

LuAnn said...

Your knitting is just wonderful. What a beautiful sweater!