Two Blue Sweaters

By coincidence, my two most recently completed sweaters are blue. One was started about a year and a half earlier than the other.

Sweater #1:
The pattern: Top-down raglan recipe from Barbara Walker’s Knitting from the Top
The yarn: Fiddlesticks Knitting Enticing, 70% Merino, 10% silk, 20% angora

photo of top-down raglan

This sweater was knit in the round from the top down. One row of plain knitting was alternated with one row of knitting through the back loop. As I posted earlier, the bottoms of the arms and body were finished with a folded hem. Then I picked up stitches around the neck and worked in the same pattern for a few rows. I used Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind off to make a nice neat finished edge. The yarn is nice and warm and soft. Just perfect for those cool days.

Sweater #2:
The pattern: Stoddard by Laura Chau
The yarn: Harrisville Designs WATERshed, 100% wool

photo of Stoddard sweater

While this sweater fits perfectly in the arms, it does not fit so perfectly in the body. It’s definitely an inch too short and possibly could use a bit more (no more than an inch) in the width. According to the swatch, I was halfway between two sizes and chose the smaller one. The yarn bloomed quite a bit in the swatch, so I thought it would be fine. Gah, I chose poorly. So it will be ripped back to the shoulders and I will start over again from there. Luckily, these changes are relatively easy to calculate and execute.

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