My sweater is finally done! I wove in the ends (there were a ton of them from all of the stripes) and blocked it over the weekend. The pattern ran a bit small so I made sure to increase the size during blocking. It worked better than I thought it would and it fits my friend Jason really well.
Overall, I really enjoyed this pattern. It knit up really fast and adding the stripes made it interesting enough to keep me from getting bored. I did make a modification to the raglan sleeve decreases. Instead of doing the cable decreases which I couldn’t figure out, I did a simple SSK/K2tog decrease which I think gave it a cleaner look and ended up working pretty well. After working this sweater in the round, I don’t want to go back to having to sew all of the pieces together. For my next sweater, I think I’ll try a top-down pattern instead so I can try it on as I go.
As for the yarn, I used Ella Rae Classic Heathers. Its a pure wool yarn that is pretty comparable to Cascade 220. Ella Rae is cheaper and, in my opinion, a bit softer too. The blue I used was a beautiful subtle heather that coordinated well with the off-white I used for the stripes. It was a bit splitty but I loved working with it,and I’ve already bought more for my next project.
This past month of knitting was challenging but I’m really proud of the fact that I completed the 30 day sweater challenge. It was difficult but also pretty fun. I hope they’ll have another one in the future!
I’ve already started my next project- more to come on that later!
I’m done with all of the knitting for my sweater! Now I just need to weave in all the ends and block it. With the stripes, there were a ton of yarn changes which means lots of loose ends so that could take a while. I’ll post a more detailed review of the pattern when I’m done blocking but I wanted to do a quick post now since I’m just so excited by how close I am to being done!
The month of October is going to be host to the 30 Day Sweater Challenge- a national knit-a-long where you finish a raglan sweater in a month. I got the idea from For the Knit of It‘s latest blog post (see it here) and since I’ve been planning to knit a top-down raglan anyway I’m going to join in! The challenge (based at this website) provides a standard pattern but I’ve found one on ravelry that I really like- the Joukahainen Sweater. Its originally Finnish but has also been translated into English. I’m planning on a navy background with white horizontal stripes.
I haven’t quite settled on what yarn I’m going to use, but I’m making it for a friend so I’m leaning towards a superwash yarn- probably Knit Picks Swish Worsted yarn (100% superwash merino) or Cascade 220 Superwash. Have any of you guys used either of these? Which do you suggest?
I’ll keep y’all updated as it gets closer to October!