Finished Touch of Grey Sweater

Thursday, February 21st, 2008
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Touch of Grey Sweater

It’s my first finished big-girl sweater!

Touch of Grey Sweater, started August 2nd, 2007, finished February 1st, 2008
Pattern: From Phildar 443, the nautical-style boat-neck sweater
Yarn: 2-ply alpaca ripped from two different $7 sweaters
Needles: Size 4 KnitPicks Options

Modifications: A few, but nothing too major. I resized the sweater for gauge and changed the colour pattern. Adjusted the length and shaping. I didn’t want to make too many changes because it was my first attempt at a sweater, but I made a few adaptations so it would fit better. Oh yeah, and I accidentally knit the front half too narrow so I had to knit the back to be much wider, doing some increases/decreases (depending on which half) at the edges to equalize the widths at the beginning of the arm holes. Hehe, oops.

This sweater took a long interesting journey. First a striping algorithm was developed, based on the amount of yarn I had and the areas each stripe encompassed. The front was knit almost entirely over a span of twelve hours during a very boring Simcoe Day car trip. It was only afterwards that I discovered that the sweater was too wide, at which point I threw caution to the wind and decided that a traveling seam would be a “design feature.” The sweater grew and grew, and then suddenly it was finished! And just as suddenly, it was showered with broken glass and Caribbean Rum. After a tear-filled cleanup, it was ready to be blocked. And blocked it was. It sat on my floor for weeks, was trampled by my *&$(#*$^ housemate, and then finally (finally) seamed. I showed it around, proudly, but wasn’t sure about the sleeves. They looked a bit poofy at the top, and I wasn’t sure if it was too bulky or whether I should pull out a row or two at the top of the sleeve cap to adjust for that poofiness. It sat around for another two weeks while I tried to decide whether I wanted to change the sleeves; I opted not to. So here it is, all ready for your judgment!

Would I knit it again? I love the concept, I love the feel and the texture of the alpaca and I love that it’s stockinette, but I think I’m more of a raglan type of girl. I would certainly knit something like this again, but I’d definitely opt for raglan shaping over this sleeve cap business.

Here’s what the original sweater looks like:

Phildar Navy Sweater

And here are some more photos of me wearing my version. I look pretty dumb in the only two photos that didn’t suffer from blur (I have a 5-second attention span and was getting bored by that point), so just pretend that my expression in the blurry picture is superimposed over the two clear photos.

Touch of Grey Sweater

The colour in the photo below is most accurate.

Touch of Grey Sweater

I really love the drape of this sweater! It’s really nice and warm despite how thin it is, which means it will be great for layering. Granted, it’s a little scratchy, but not nearly as scratchy as most of the wool sweaters I have. I forgot to take a picture of the back, sorry!

Touch of Grey Sweater

While he was at it, I had the beau take some photos of me for the university website. You can see the collar best in these photos. This one was apparently too saucy…

Touch of Grey Sweater

…so I went with this one.

Touch of Grey Sweater

My teeth are giant because they’re 25% British.

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8 Comments to “Finished Touch of Grey Sweater”

  1. Cool! Congratulations on your first big-girl sweater :)

    What I really want to know is, what’s the gen on British teeth? :razz:

    Comment by
    February 21, 2008 @ 7:25 am
  2. Your sweater is gorgeous. I love the colors and the striping.

    Comment by Macoco
    February 21, 2008 @ 8:20 am
  3. That’s a great sweater, and it looks wonderful on you!

    Comment by Susan
    February 21, 2008 @ 9:59 am
  4. LOL! We have the giant British teeth, too. That the cutest sweater (jumpa) I’ve seen in a long time. It’s SO cute, I love it =)

    Comment by April
    February 21, 2008 @ 11:15 am
  5. It is beautiful! I love the stripes. A great fit–especially for your first sweater.

    Comment by Erin
    February 21, 2008 @ 11:43 am
  6. Awesome job!! Looks like it fits perfectly and the colours are great! Congratulations!

    Comment by batman
    February 21, 2008 @ 12:33 pm
  7. beautiful! i would love a sweater like that. enjoy it!

    Comment by melissa
    February 23, 2008 @ 6:13 pm
  8. This looks gorgeous on you. It fits you so well and I like the neutral palate with the one bright stripe. The sleeves don’t look at all poofy to me (though I recently had that problem too when I seamed after blocking – I did a second blocking and it pretty much took care of it). Congrats on finishing!

    Comment by lekkercraft
    February 26, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

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