Barb and I both fell in love. Completely, totally and instantly. We didn't even bookmark the pattern; we printed it instantly. And then wandered around the store looking for the perfect wool. And scheming as to when and how we could work this sweater into our schedules.
Ultimately, we decided to cast on as our New Year's resolution. I settled on the Sublime Merino/Cashmere/Silk dk, in a lovely blue (colour no. 247), called Ink.
I even worked a gauge swatch, which told me I should use 4.5mm needles. On January first, I poured my first cup of coffee and gleefully cast on. I got half way up the back and then stood back and looked at my work. It was large enough for me and my best friend. I measured my stitches, and discovered that my gauge swatch lied.
Barb also pointed out to me that I am NOT 6'4", nor do I weight 250 lbs. She recommended that I make the medium rather than the large, and to use 4.0mm needles. I wasn't totally convinced, but reasoned that perhaps my daughter might like the sweater if I finished it and it was too small. And I would've been right, if only the sweater had turned out to be too small.
While I was recuperating from my surgeries, this was the project of choice. Once I got started, I didn't want to stop. I'd knit and knit and knit. Look at other projects that needed to be done, and go back to this one. Knit, cable, knit.
The fronts were interesting. There was a lot going on between the side shaping, buttonholes, cables, chart changes, armhole shaping, neckline shaping and collar shaping. I ended up making myself a list so that I could keep things straight in my mind. It helped, and I strongly recommend this technique to everyone. And stitch markers. They are our friends.
My goodness, what fun this was. Every time I'd show up at the store with another piece finished, poor Barb would hiss and spit. She was being diligent and dutiful and staying on task for her store projects, while I
The worst thing for Barb? This yarn has cashmere in it, and she is allergic. She couldn't even pet the pieces as they came off the needles!
Simple to do -- simply cast on double the number of stitches required, work 3 rows in stocking stitch, and then purl 2 together across. Then start your ribbing. Viola! The cutest little ruffle imaginable.
The pattern was free from Drops Design, which is always a nice touch. Especially since the yarn is dear -- $9.95 a ball. I used 16 balls too, so this is an expensive sweater. But worth every last penny. Absolutely worth every penny. The knitting provided hours and hours of entertainment. The wearing will provide hours of comfort.
All I have to do now is wait for the colder weather. (Did I mention that I do a snow dance every night before bed?)