FO: Something Green

24 Apr

Pattern: Something Red by Wendy Bernard

Yarn: Blue Sky dyed cotton in Pickle, 4.5 skeins

Needles: US 5

Notes: I’m more pleased that I thought I would be! After finishing this sweater up I tried it on (with sock monkey pajamas) and thought “What was I thinking making a flared sweater?” After blocking, and with more sedated pants, I like it much better (don’t we all go through that period of hatred with large projects?) I knit the raglan depth to 8 inches, far less than the pattern called for, and I could have gone even shorter – the sleeves could be smaller in my opinion. I also knit the total sweater 1 inch shorter than the pattern called for, partially to compensate for the shorter raglan deepth. I used a smaller button than the pattern called for, but I may end up replacing it, as the button seems to pull a little. I did use different increases for the flare – a lifted increase rather than the make 1. It’s barely noticeable, and I would definitely recommend the sub. I also did my increases in the middle of the group of knits rather than on the edges, again hoping for a smoother result. I picked up a ton more stitches than the pattern called for – 3 for every 4 rows and 1 for every stitch around the back of the neck. As a result I’ve avoided the curling button band problem, but my neck does not perhaps stand up as much as it might.
One of the most surprising things to me is how much I liked the blue sky cotton. Last time I used it was nightmarish, but somehow this time my hands had no trouble at all, and I was able to knit for pretty long periods with it. It did smooth out a lot with blocking, but it isn’t perfect. I can live with it though!

Marc really likes this FO, and that pleases me; sometimes I think he is puzzled by some of the things that I knit. I do really like the color, and I can see this being a sweater that gets a lot of wear – it’s very comfortable and will go with both casual and dressier outfits. I would recommend this pattern, just be sure to pay attention to the raglan length and plan out your increases carefully!

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15 Responses to “FO: Something Green”

  1. Tammy April 25, 2008 at 1:16 am #

    Looks very nice! I have problems with the button pulling on mine too. It’s one of my favorite finished knits and I think I’d wear it more often if I took a few minutes to reinforce the button. I plan on doing this with some extra stitching behind the button and around the hole on the back side. Maybe I’ll pull it out right now while I’m thinking about it. :)

  2. Claire April 25, 2008 at 1:45 am #

    Ooooh I love this! That colour is fantastic with your red hair! I’m making this in green also but with KnitPicks shine. Its murder on my fingers but it’ll be worth it if it looks even half as good as yours! Great job on your latest fo!

  3. princesspea April 25, 2008 at 2:04 am #

    This looks lovely. I really like the flared rib, ribbing can be so unflattering sometimes, but this has a really pretty drape to it. I’m adding it to my queue!

  4. silencepainter April 25, 2008 at 7:29 am #

    This is a lovely FO! I love the green, its a great spring green.

  5. Lisa April 25, 2008 at 7:40 am #

    It looks really good. I had to frog mine because I’m short wasited and this sweater only looks good on long waisted gals. Oh well. Live and learn.

  6. Liz April 25, 2008 at 8:21 am #

    Ooh that turned out lovely! Now I really want to make oneā€¦ mmmm maybe with more buttons ^_^

  7. robin April 25, 2008 at 8:34 am #

    I really like it!! It is perfectly in step with the types of designs being shown this season, despite the fact that the pattern was published a few years ago. I have this pattern too and have considered making it a few times, but wasn’t sure which yarn to go with. Thanks for the info on the sizing – I sometimes have problems with sleeves being too small for the size I knit, so it sounds like this one might be a good fit for me.

  8. Kathy April 25, 2008 at 8:40 am #

    Beautiful and I love the color. How is your mouth? (Asks she who has had 3 root canals in the past!)

  9. mick April 25, 2008 at 9:09 am #

    Very pretty. The color is so great! It’s very flattering on you. It’s a very classic knit, I think. It looks like something that will be quite versatile, and never really go out of style.

  10. yoel April 25, 2008 at 10:23 am #

    Love the springy green! And the drape is great too!

  11. Mary April 25, 2008 at 11:41 am #

    You did a fantastic job! I love the color too.

  12. jen jen April 25, 2008 at 12:02 pm #

    i absolutely love this!! it definitely looks like a “go-to” sweater!

  13. Cobbalicious April 25, 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    It looks great! Good work!

  14. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) April 27, 2008 at 12:12 am #

    It is just beautiful on you, and it will be endlessly versatile. I think we were all correct that the color would be perfect on you–it is!

  15. jackie September 15, 2008 at 9:03 pm #

    Oh , i love this, very beautiful, nice colour too.

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