FO: Dawn

9 May

Pattern: Dawn by Kim Hargreaves from Breeze

Yarn: Rowan Handknit cotton in ecru, 5 balls

Needles: US 2 and 3

Notes: I bought the yarn to knit Dawn when I first got the book Breeze.  I swatched the stitch pattern, but I wasn’t feeling up to that many P2tog’s so I put it aside.  I found the yarn during a clean out, and decided it was time to give the pattern a try!

I have mixed feelings about this sweater.  There are a few things I would definitely do differently if I knit it again.   The stitch pattern is very hard to swatch accurately – it stretches, and it also opens up on blocking.  By the time I made it to the back, I felt that it was turning out a little big, so I switched to smaller needles to tighten it up.  That worked pretty well, though it would have been better to start smaller.  The other thing I would do differently involved the neck edging.  I would knit the whole thing separately, slipping the first stitch on the garter stitch to make a neater edge.  It’s partially knit separately and sewed on, but it needs smaller needles than the body the whole way.  Same with the sleeve cuffs – they are looser than I would like, but I do have skinny arms.  Dolman sleeves are not the best for  me, but since they are short they work pretty well.

This is a very useful sweater – can you believe I’ve never made a white sweater before?  I’m sure I will wear it often!  It was super overcast this weekend – I apologize for the lack of great photos!

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8 Responses to “FO: Dawn”

  1. asplashofgrace May 9, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    Aaahhh, inspiration! I am plagued with migraines, so my knitting time is limited and thus I must plan carefully what I really want to spend my precious time on. I love the sweater! Thank you for posting. You’ve made my day! (and yes, my husbands kooky face will appear…we can’t get the thing figured out.) :)

  2. Ann S May 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    Soooo cute! After seeing this I am very inspired. This would be a great sweather for offices that are kept way too air conditioned – a big problem where I am.

  3. Julie May 10, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    So pretty!! and the perfect thing to top all the lovely dresses you’ve been sewing lately…

  4. Susan Davis - Knitters Delight May 10, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    That sweater would be great for the San Diego weather!

  5. Knittripps May 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    I am going to take that as a sign to go ahead and go down a needle size on the sweater I am getting ready to start. I was waivering…

  6. Janice May 11, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    I’m glad to see you knitting again! It’s good to see sewing, but I’ve been reading this blog since it was primarily a knitting site. Good job on the sweater!

  7. Tasia May 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    What a perfect little sweater to throw on over dresses! Really nice work, looks great on you!

  8. jayayceeblog May 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    Such a cute sweater that would look great with everything! Nice job!!!

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