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!

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. 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!

  9. 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.:)

  10. 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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