is here! Just remember, this pattern is for personal use only. No one should sell this pattern, or sell any garment produced with this pattern. Hey, if I'm not making any money from this, no one should be making any money from this :-).
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*Blush* I'm so flattered by all of your compliments on my sweater. Thank you!
It is a good Friday, indeed, because I can report that my sweater pieces seamed together perfectly!
Here's what the sweater looked like about a third of the way through, with one shoulder in place, and one side seam together.
This was simply beyond words exciting! In a burst of excited energy, I seamed, and seamed, and seamed some more. Result:
Yup, I love it. After washing, the Tahki New Tweed became even softer and took on a very light drape. It's perfect for this sweater. Although Merino wool composes 70 percent of the fiber blend (with the remaining 30 percent being 15 percent silk, 11 percent cotton, and 4 percent viscose), the knitted fabric feels like linen. I had no idea that the yarn would have these qualities, and I could not have made a better choice for this knit. Can you tell that I love this yarn as much as the sweater I knit with it?
Maybe you'll want to knit this sweater too? Check back later today for the pattern.
NOTE: Apparently, Tahki Stacy Charles changed the composition of the New Tweed and reduced the amount of yarn in each ball. According to the company's website the yarn now comprises 60 percent wool, 26 percent viscose, and 14 percent silk. Rats! I can't say how the changes in fiber composition would affect the fabric's feel and appearance.
Here's my sweater, laid out and drying on my blocking board:
When I laid out the pieces I measured them to make sure that they dried to the dimensions I specified in my initial calculations. This was the first time that I did that, and now I know why I struggle with sizing and fit. In previous knits I suspect that I laid out the pieces slightly stretched, so they dried larger than I expected.
It took a long time to lay out and size the pieces. I am doing a sort of double block (my term) when I laid out identical pieces on top of each other. Their sizes will match, although the drying time will be slightly longer. March in Massachusetts is not what I'd call humid, so I'm not too worried.
I cannot wait to seam!
I like this picot bind off even more than I thought that I would:
It looks a little like a ruffle in its pre-blocked state. When I began this project, I conceived ruffled edges for the body and sleeves. Perhaps this was inspired by the finished Cheesylove on Jstrizzy's blog (click here for the FO pick). When, however, I swatched for my project, I quickly discovered that the line created by that ruffle would be too severe for the look I had in mind.
Thank you for all of your input and suggestions for sequencing the bind off. I decided to do the picot with the same size needle (US 8) that I used for the body, and do it before I blocked and seamed. A US 10 would have been too big, and I don't seem to possess a US 9. The bigger needles would have been to difficult to jam into the stitches, anyway.
I'm happy that I decided to do the bind off before I blocked. Look at how the bind off curls. That will definitely be fixed with a nice lie-in on my blocking board.
Speaking of Knitty, shouldn't the spring edition be arriving soon?