FO: Buttercup

Pattern: Buttercup, by Heidi Kirrmaier, available free on ravelry

Yarn: Elann Nilo in Blueberry (linen/cotton blend)

Needles: US 4 and 3 (5.5 st/in)

Notes: First of all, the color of the yarn is completely off in these photos.  It’s actually a nice purple, with very little blue, but it refuses to photograph properly.  I wouldn’t want anyone to buy this color thinking that they’ll be getting this shade!  Anyway, I love this sweater!  The pattern was very simple and easy to follow.  I made the original version, not the revision with the higher neckline.  The neckline is wide, but it’s not scandalous or anything, so I’m pleased with that decision.  It’s about 16″ long from the sleeve separation.  I knit the sleeves entirely on the smaller size to tighten them up, and mine have about 10 less stitches than the pattern called for (not sure if this was my error or the pattern, but I like it that way anyway.)

I did all the a-line increases as well as the increases at the end for the lace.  It is not too swingy at all, and I was a little bit worried.  I picked up stitches for the neckline a 2/3 ratio, including the back neck (usually I would do 1 for every stitch there.)  This really tightened up the neckline, which was quite floppy beforehand.  I also did all the increases at the beginning, resulting in some gathers around the back.  I’m not sure the gathers would work for everyone, but I quite like them because they are unusual.

As far as I’m concerned, I could knit with Elann yarns 90% of the time and be happy.  Nilo is a great yarn, and I recommend it without hesitation.  It’s light and drapey, but not at all hard on the hands.  It does not split, and contains no vegetable matter.  I liked it knit to a DK tension, but I also think it might work as a sport weight.  It does have a little tendency to wrinkle (all linens do) but other than that it was perfect – it didn’t even have a ton of knots like the Elann Luna I used last.

This one finished up quickly – but aren’t sweaters without real sleeves grand?  It’s the best part of summer!

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22 thoughts on “FO: Buttercup

  1. Ann says:

    Beautiful job. I am almost done with the same sweater. I did mine in the recommended yarn, Hempathy and I have to say I love this yarn.

    I am having to take out my first sleeves and redo them. Mine ended up too tight for some reason. So I am going to not do the decreases and end the sleeves with a repeat of the lace pattern like some others have done.

    On mine I did some waist shaping like alot of others have done and then started increasing to the bottom. Mine is not quite as swingy but still looks amazing on. This pattern is a winner and will be something I will knit again. Don’t ya love those free patterns that turn out to be glorious projects.

  2. Just lovely! It’s on my must-knit list this summer. I like the original neckline a lot. When I read that some people thought it was too low, I was a little afraid that I was a hussy with scandalously low-cut tops, as many of mine are like that! Glad to hear I’m not alone…

  3. chandilear says:

    Just beautiful. I love elann yarns as well. I keep saying this, but again, I’m just flabbergasted at how fast you knit! Cheewilikers!

  4. Oh thats lovely! Really suits you.

    I’m making one of these at the moment too. Its mid winter here and if I have enough yarn I might do long sleeves. Im only just past the separation and tried it on and was a bit worried about the neckline so am very pleased to read your comment about it tightening up some. Thanks for your inspiration

  5. Gorgeous! I agree with you about the poofiness of the back neck though–it was strange when I was knitting it, and it’s still a little strange.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful…I’m thinking of ordering the same yarn for mine, but in the Sage, since yours turned out so nicely. How many balls did it take?

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