Sunday, February 25, 2018
The Every Day Sweater
Naturally Nazareth, a 100% domestic wool workhorse aran weight yarn in the sublime colorway “Moonlight”] is stubbornly sturdy and, well, basic. It looks like it will last a hundred years, but it made my hands ache. It wasn’t that much fun to knit with, if I am being truthful, and I’m afraid the luxury yarn binge I’ve been on lately has spoiled me rotten for these more pedestrian yarns but after a soak and a day spread out on the table to dry, it came to life. The cables relaxed out so beautifully and the whole thing softened up just enough, and I really, truly, want to live in this sweater. Well, I have been. here. It comes in only one size, but because the side panels and sleeves are in stockinette, you can easily adjust it up or down to fit you. I added a few stitches at the bottom of the body, to accomodate my pear-shape, and decreased a few times at the sides to get to the right bust size for me. I also winged it at the yoke, but that’s really just because I don’t like to fuss over things like attached i-cord and p3 tog. So the pattern isn’t perfect [but it is free] and the yarn isn’t perfect [or is it?] but this finished sweater? It has a couple wonky bits and it looks like it was knit by a loving grandma back in 1958 so somebody’s older brother could wear it to play rugby at Yale. Yep, it’s perfect.