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!