It’s finally done! I cast this on about a year ago, and it sat around for months with everything but the sleeves finished. When I finally sat down to do the sleeves, I realized I had purloined one of the grey skeins to make a Freestyle Hat for Chris, and only had one skein left for my sweater. Luckily, I hardly ever wear sweaters with full sleeves, so I just split my remaining yarn into two balls of equal weight (thanks, kitchen scale) and knit them half-length. Very pleased with the final product.
I made the 36.5 size, so this is a no-ease sweater for me.
The yarn is Cascade Longwood, which is really soft and lovely, but yowza does it split easily. There’s almost no twist to the yarn, so it’s like knitting with 10 little separate threads. Aside from the extra attention to not splitting stitches, Longwood is pleasant to work with and the finished fabric is very warm and cushy.
My biggest “arrrgh” is using a tiny 9″ circular to knit the sweater sleeves. It definitely works, but the needle tips are so short they’re hard to hold onto without rearranging after each stitch. I guess I’m 50/50 on a short circular vs DPNs for sleeves. Maybe trying the Magic Loop would be better?
I used a few different techniques in this project that are worth bookmarking:
- Tilly’s Very Stretchy Cast On for hem ribbing. This is my go-to for ribbing COs.
- SSK Miraculous Elastic Bind Off for the neck ribbing. Looks nice and is really stretchy.
- Improved SSK throughout. Basically you turn the first knit stitch backwards, so when you SSK it sits over the second stitch more smoothly.
Now I just need the weather to cool off enough to wear it all day.