By coincidence, my two most recently completed sweaters are blue. One was started about a year and a half earlier than the other.
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
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.
The pattern: Stoddard by Laura Chau
The yarn: Harrisville Designs WATERshed, 100% wool
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.