… I just spend a lot of time knitting and trying to get to work!
Big Sven Sveater
Pattern: Big Sven Sveater by Cottage Creations
Yarn: Bovidae Farm
Needles: size 6 and 8 addis
Mods: My gauge was vastly different than the pattern (14 stitches over 4 inches after washing vs. 9 sts over 2 inches in the pattern), so I followed the numbers for the fourth size instead of my actual size. This gave me about 2.5 inches of ease throughout.
How could anyone not be happy with a sweater that comes out this good in 8 days?! I thought it was time I did a fair isle yoke sweater for real and this was it. I might have actually liked more patterning on the yoke, but I’m not sorry that I took a bit of a “baby step” in the fair isle sweater direction. I had thought originally that I would just use the pattern as a guide and make additions like waist shaping or some different patterning on the yoke, but the pattern was so well done and entertaining, I was just as happy to follow it verbatim.
I didn’t mind slogging through all the plain stockinette on the body and sleeves since they went so darn fast. The yarn was a definite joy to work with. It’s a nice spongy two ply that definitely softens with a good washing. I expect it will continue to do so over time.
The only thing I might really do different would be to have chosen to use the black for the patterning within the blue stripe instead of the green. I choose to use the green thinking that I would use so little otherwise it would almost be totally silly to even have it in the pattern, but it did not contrast the way I had hoped. Perhaps I should have swatched the colorwork?
If today’s weather during the little photo shoot was any indication, this should make a very good choice for a cool second day at Rhinebeck providing the weather cooperates. I also have nearly a complete skein leftover of every color and a bit more of the red. Any thoughts on how to use up the leftovers out there?
I meant to post this yesterday, but with the 90 (yes 90!) degree temperatures we were having there was no way I could even contemplate modeling this sweater for a half a second, much less more. HWJF and I had a rare day off together so we went to explore New Hope, PA for the day. We may also have been distracted a bit by this:
He’s the beer drinker, not me, but it was entertaining, nonetheless.
Hope you had a good start to your week too!
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