Wednesday, October 28, 2015

a sweater in six months

I started knitting this sweater almost exactly six months ago. The yarn was purchased with a gift card from my friend Kathy during one of my first excursions from the house back in February. It even received a little mention in this blog post. I'm sure everyone has been on the edge of their seats since then, waiting to see the final product (ha ha).

cozy birdhouse | handknit breakwater sweater

I chose this pattern, Breakwater, because of the pretty woven stitch detail around the wide neckline. I also selected the yarn, madelinetosh tosh sock, because the variegated color shows off the woven stitch and adds interest to the hours and hours of plain knitting while working on the body and sleeves. I absolutely love the little bits of emerald, gold, rust, and teal dotting this colorway called Shire (Shire! Hobbits!). Before I worked the sleeves, this sweater was a somewhat shapeless green tunic and was very hobbit-worthy indeed. Dan said I looked like a Celtic warrior when I tried it on.

cozy birdhouse | handknit breakwater sweater

I made a few small modifications to the pattern, including full length sleeves instead of three-quarter and a longer torso. The sleeves lengthened quite a bit after the sweater's first trip through the wash, so I actually undid a few inches and reknit the cuffs to a more reasonable length. The longer sleeves should make this sweater wearable longer into the winter, despite the relatively thin fabric.

cozy birdhouse | handknit breakwater sweater

More project details are available on my Ravelry page.

1 comment:

  1. Caitlin, the sweater is beautiful! I'm amazed at your ability to make modifications to a pattern. Impressive!

    Aunt Ruthann