FO: Blithe

Pattern: Blithe by Kim Hargreaves, from Breeze

Yarn: Rowan 4-ply cotton in Aubergine,, a little over 4 balls

Needles: US 0

Notes: I wanted to make Blithe from the first moment I saw the pattern appear as a kit.  Alas, the lousy exchange rate and shipping tempered my enthusiasm.  So I when I saw it was being released in Breeze, there was no question what I was going to make first.

I think I knit with few alterations to the pattern.  I didn’t change needle sizes for the hemline or sleeves, and I’m glad I didn’t (since I was knitting on size 0s anyway, I figured it would make little difference.)  I knit the body to 15″, and I think that is the length called for in pattern, or close to it.  It could be longer, but it’s fine as is.  I did add one extra set of waist shaping pairs.

I found a few things confusing about the pattern.  First of all, I somehow knit too many buttonholes, and ended up only using every other one and calling it a design element.  And then one of the fronts has less stitches than the other, and yet just said “reverse shaping other side.”  I winged it, but I wasn’t happy about the way it was worded.   I knit the sleeves as written and they fit me fine, but they are small… be aware and knit more if needed.

But anyway… I love this sweater!  I think it’s so flattering and I love the pretty color!  My tension was pretty awful on the back, but oh well – I can’t see it when I’m wearing it!  I am so happy that I finally got to make my Blithe!

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34 thoughts on “FO: Blithe

  1. Angie says:

    Very nice, very good color on you. You are amazingly fast:) I’m still studying, only knitting vicariously for the most part, though I did start another pair of socks–Anna Bell’s Elfine. Thank you for sharing, I love Blithe.

  2. It looks great. I love Kim Hargreaves’ designs but the way she writes her patterns makes my head spin. I just can’t bear the line-by-line approach!

  3. I love it! This has been high up in the queue, and I just bought Breeze as well. You did a wonderful job, and the purple color is so flattering on you.

  4. That looks great on you. I’m very tempted to make Blithe down the road. But I hate unclear knitting instructions. Why are they so lazy? I had the same problem with a pattern in Erika Knight’s Classic Knits. Maybe it’s because they’re English patterns? Oh well…

  5. dskinla says:

    Lovely! In order to avoid the mismatched fronts/sleeves dilemma, I’ve taken to knitting both at the same time on the same long circular needle (with two balls of yarn). That way I don’t have to write things down or remember what I did. Then, of course, there’s always creative blocking.

  6. Did you cast on another 7 stitches when starting on the right front? That will make it the same number of stitches as the left front. Your Blithe is lovely.

  7. Absolutely beautiful!! I love the color and the style is sweet and perfect. I’m looking forward to starting a new project. As long as I’m wearing my magnifying glasses I’m sure I will be able to follow along. Thanks. I’ll let you know how I make out.

  8. That is super cute on you! Wonderful knitting and lovely photos. I haven’t taken the plunge on Breeze yet…. but may have to rethink that :)

  9. It came out beautiful and that color is gorgeous! That is definitely your color, it suits you so well. Definitely one of my favorite FOs that you’ve produced – well done!

  10. Trine says:

    Gorgeous! That colour suits you really well. :)

    And congrats on quitting your job and going for something that makes you happy. I hope you are very successful and happy with it. :)

  11. Wow, I cannot believe how fast you made this! It is really gorgeous! And on size 0 needles? Sheesh! You are awesome! You totally inspire me!

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