Pattern: Contiguous Stripes by Isabell Kraemer (forthcoming)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Sport in 8401 and 8885 (and a bit of Cascade Alpaca Lana D'Oro in 1086)
Needles: US 8 and 7
March is sneaking up on me a bit, so I made a mad rush to finish this this last week. I ran out of the grey Sport and went to pick some up at work last night, but, despite having received a new shipment of it at the beginning of the week, there was no more light grey! The Alpaca Lana D'Oro hangs above the Sport, though, so I compared color and weight and decided it would work fine. It did. I only used it for 2 and a half sleeve stripes. You can't tell the difference unless you are looking for it with a magnifying glass.
The pattern is magnificent! I was testing it for Isabell (lilalu on Ravelry) and I feel bad I don't have suggestions for her on how to improve it! It was an honor to knit for her, honestly. She was one of my first Ravelry friends that I didn't actually know in person. I just noticed that I loved everything she knit and we have entirely the same tastes in patterns. She does great modifications too. I borrowed some once. :)
Anything I dislike about the finished object is my own fault. I think I knit the armholes a bit too big, so it fits funny around the bust and under the arms and the fabric is kind of stiff, on top of that. I haven't blocked it (I literally finished it less than 2 hours ago), so I'm hoping that will fix most of my issues with the fabric. If the arm-holes prove too maddening, I'll redo the sleeves without picking up underarm stitches. That should fix them.
The other thing I dislike is the way I wove the ends in as I was knitting. I always do it the same way and it typically works okay, but it distorts the stripes just a bit on this sweater. I'll just have to undo the ends and weave them in the right way. The spots on the arms where I did it aren't quite so bad, so it's just the fronts. Not too many ends.
I really enjoyed doing the contiguous set-in sleeve. It was nice to try a new technique! It doesn't offer the garment much support, but, as my friend pointed out to me tonight, doing a crochet chain in the spots where the seams should be would help quite a lot. I recommend this pattern, so keep an eye out for it!
I named it for my favorite band Okkervil River's song "Piratess," but only because the first few lyrics mention lines. And of course I love the song! :D
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