After finishing my last sweater, I immediately cast on a second — but I widened the body and the sleeves, opened up the neckline a bit, and cropped the body a little. And ten days later: #newsweaterday. I rushed to block it because I couldn’t wait to wear it, and thank our sheepy friends, fingering-weight wool dries overnight.
I’ve found a reason to wear this sweater at least twice a week since I finished it on 6 March. I love the overall fit and how lightweight the fabric is. I deliberately made the sleeves extra wide and long, because the only thing I dislike more than sleeves that fall too short are narrow ones. So these are nice and spacious, and even though they’re almost always rolled up, the cuffs reach right down to the tips of my fingers, which is the sort of thing I find both physically and emotionally cozy and comforting. The body is wide enough to fit over all of the loose-fitting clothing I typically wear, and its cropped length seems to fit in well with my wardrobe.
I immediately wanted one in every color.
So I made another.
Number Two left some room for improvement, particularly at the neckline. It’s very prone to stretching out and losing shape. I had cast on with US 3 needles, knit 10 rounds of ribbing, then switched to US 4 needles, worked some short rows, and proceeded with the rest of it. The ribbing gets super stretched out though, and I find myself readjusting the collar throughout the day. It’s kind of minor, but I can do better!
I began knitting this version flat, working raglan and front increase rows in in lieu of short rows until I was ready to join in the round, and later picking the collar up with US 2s from the unfinished neckline. This version is definitely sturdier and crew-ier, but it still has a pretty relaxed fit. Number Four will probably have the same neckline.
But what I like the most about these sweaters? I’m destashing. (And no new yarn since August 2018!) I’m digging deep into my stash and finding yarn that I bought four years ago and ‘heck knows why I bought it in the first place, but I’m knitting with it now — finally!
And it’s also been a fun way to experiment with wearing colors outside of my comfort zone. For some reason I have sweater-quantities of yarns in colors I would never wear. And now I wear them.