Pattern: Audrey in Unst
Yarn: Manos Silk blend, 750 yds
Notions: 1/2″ black buttons
I am pleased to announce that I think my knitting dry spell is officially over! I still can’t say exactly what caused it… perhaps bad associations with my past, or even just burning out – but I’m back again!
This is the Audrey in Unst pattern, from the Fall 2009 Twist Collective. I wanted to make this sweater as soon as I saw it – the lace was pretty, and I knew the cropped shape would work well with the full skirted dresses that I keep making.
I bought this yarn (Manos Silk Blend) about two years ago, at Loop yarns in Chicago. I loved the pretty color at the time, and immediately knit part of it up into a shawl… which then sat, unfinished for years. I frogged it to make this sweater, which I do not regret. I wore this outfit to a concert I was singing in tonight (chamber choir music) and then out for dinner/wine with choir friends.
The flat shoes are very practical for standing up, and I only took the sweater off when I was actually singing (old stone churches are very cold, even in May!)
About the pattern: I quite liked it. The twisted rib is really pretty, and I love the overall shape. I did shorten the cardigan and the sleeves, because I was limited on yarn. I used smaller buttons than called for in the pattern (my buttonholes came out small.) It does have some gaping if I button it up, as I mentioned, but for the moment I’m leaving it as it – I do not wear cardigans buttoned entirely! I will do my buttonhole tutorial on a different sweater, but I haven’t forgotten!
I’m not a huge fan of one piece knitting. In this case, the body was fine, but I found the sleeves a bit unwieldy. I would rather knit them flat and seam them in. The sleevecap shaping is great, using short rows to get a set in sleeve effect on a seamless sweater. It was a bit hard on my hands though, so I’m not sure I would do it again.
The yarn was lovely in texture and color, but I must warn you – it does pill quite badly! I’m not sure I would use it again. I didn’t alternate skeins, though I know you should on a hand dyed yarn. Even so, I think the skeins all matched pretty closely – even the one line I can see (over the ribbing) does not bother me.
The pattern is highly recommended! It’s not for absolute beginners, because the sleeves and the i-cord neck binding are both a bit difficult at first. But if you’ve made a sweater or two, go for it!