Saturday, September 13, 2008

Now that's one wicked cool sweater yo!

Zephyr Style girls I think you are right.... it is a wicked cool sweater indeed


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Loved the pattern - top down raglans are my new favourite kind of pattern to knit. I CO for a size up since I was using 4.5mm with DK not Worsted weight yarn but later discovered I was spot on for gauge, so even though I totally bumbled my way through the raglan and ended up with an inbetween size it still fits perfectly because I could try it on as I went. Brilliant!

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I didn't modify much, just added some length and chose to do the twisty rib at the bottom hem instead of moss stitch. These seem to be fairly standard mods for this pattern. I also knit the sleeve rib on 4mm because I wanted to use a short circular so I picked up some extra stitches under the arm. I actually like how the sleeve rib is a tiny bit tighter and if I were to knit another Wicked I would do the neck ribbing on smaller needles too.

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I love the detailing on the pocket. The twisty rib is quite simple but looks really effective. The weather is slowly warming up here and I really looking forward to wearing this.

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My camera hasn't captured the colour very well, its actually more like this last photo, not so bright blue. The yarn I used is Patons Smoothie which is acrylic. A really really nice acrylic that reminds me of bamboo cotton. I'm surprised how much I liked it - nice and soft and drapey and much easier on my hands than cotton - doesn't feel like plastic and no squeak!. I think it should be a really nice alternative to cotton for spring and summer. I used 3 balls and 15g of the 4th ball and at $5 for 100g this is an incredibly cheap top! I even have enough left to make something for one of the girls. Don't worry I'm definitely still a natural fibres girl but I might just make an exception to that for Smoothie. I do have to say though, it will be a very LONG time before I knit myself something in double knit yarn again!

The only thing I'm not happy about is my hem BO - its a little tight and so it rides up a little bit and makes it look like its a little short. I'm not sure if its best to undo and BO again using a larger needle, just wear it a few times and see if it 'gives' , block it and see if I can stretch it or something else.... any ideas?

24 comments:

Aunt Kathy said...

I love that sweater, it's gorgeous.

Sharonnz said...

Freakin' awesome! I'd be inclined to redo the BO after all that effort for an adult garment.

amanda said...

Gabes the looks fantastic on you! I think your sleeves look really neat too. A perfect knit!

nznats said...

That looks awesome! I really do love the patons smoothie, ive got more of it to knit some things with too :D

flea said...

OMG it's absolutely Stunning - and you are looking beautiful and oh so slim :)

Rose Red said...

Oh that looks so great! Fantastic!

familyofgirls said...

Stunning!

PrincessPea said...

Wow - this is gorgeous! I agree with sharonnz, I think I'd be tempted to re-do the BO. It would be a real shame to end up frustrated with it and not wearing it because of this.

Carol said...

Love it!!! and my favourite colour too, wait until my girls see it.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

That looks wonderful on you! Great color, great knitting, great look!!

Georgie said...

Oh no! This pattern has been on my to-do list for ages and now I want to go and cast on right NOW!

The yarn and pattern go together perfectly; its just fabulous. Lovely colour too.

Alana said...

Beautiful! It fits you great!

villapeikko said...

Stunning, just gorgeous! You've done a great job!

lucky knitter said...

That sweater looks great on you! I love the color. It's beautiful!

I undid a sweater I was not happy with and am so happy I did, and it really didn't take very long!

kv said...

it is really pretty, and it's a great style for you. glad to see you've made something major for yourself. and you probably don't need to ask whether i would re-do it---any chance for a re-do, i say yes!

lucky knitter said...

I just tagged you for a meme on my blog.

Julie said...

Wow..... you are my knitting idol I hope your realise. The top is amazing and I love the colour. It looks fantastic on you as well.

Thanks for the meme, will get around to it asap.... X

Melissa said...

That looks great on you! Love the color! I would also redo the bind off. Have you ever done a sewn bind off? It's really stretchy and super easy.

erika~ the inspired mama said...

very pretty! i have this one in my queue! i am currently knitting 28Thirty from zephyr style... we are heading into winter here!

xo,
erika

KnitWit said...

I really like your sweater! I'm fond of cables. I've seen this project a couple of times and I'm thinking it might have to be added to my queue. =)

Little Grubs said...

The sweater's fantastic - you clever, clever girl!! You've come a long since fluffy jumper on big needles! x

Megan said...

Oh wow! That looks amazing!

Rebecca said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!Love the smoothie too... It is on my wish list to buy when I use up some of my other stash.

purdypeas said...

Absolutely stunning Gabes. Have my DK ready and waiting now to get started. thank you for inspiring me yet again. Muah