More Grey Sweater
After all those bad choices I've made in the past, I've learned that choosing a pattern (for me atleast) is all about the style and versatility. Sometimes I'll go for patterns that require a bit more work but every so often I just want something simple and wearable. After all, knitting is all about fun and relaxation. Who would want to spend their entire day decipher a less than perfect pattern that only looks good on the model. With that said, I'm sure you know why I chose to make this. When I first saw the pattern from Vogue, I totally felt in love with its simplicity. (Well, and that stupid cabled collar of course!) I know it's going to be a great addition to my wardrobe. Something I can pair with dress pants for work or as leisure wear during the weekends. So it' s finally done and modelled. Am I happy and satisfied with how it turned out? I'm not so sure.
Pattern : Cabled Collar Sweater from VK Fall o6
Yarn : 11balls of Plymount Suri Merino in charcoal heather
Needle : 4mm & 3.75mm bamboo circular
Cost for this project: $65
Notes about this project...The fit is alright I guess. It would be a lot better if there's more definition at the waist section. The yarn turned out to be amazingly soft after a gentle bath and blocking. I've never make any sweater out of alpaca but this yarn really surpassed my expectation. It's quite comfy I must say. I can just throw it on with a light camisole underneath. Initially, I was going to go with bluesky alpaca. After comparing its price and yardage with suri merino I thought I would give this a try. I bought 14balls but only used up 11 for the entire sweater.
Modifications...Not a whole lot except the slevee's cap shaping. I had to frog and re-work the decreases twice in order to get it to fit. Another problem I encountered was the cabled collar. As the instruction indicated, you only need to work four rows of stockinette before the cable twist stitch. However, after my second attempt I still can't get it to look like the modelled shot in the magazine. I actually added two extra rows of plain stockinette but look how bulky mine turned out. May be I'm just being anal and picky. Needless to say, I seriously wouldn't want to overdo it. It's done! And once again, I've proved that pretty pictures can be deceiving. So, there are many more projects-in-progress waiting for me to tackle. What's next?