And very often, it makes me nervous! The good news is ... they do fit each other this time! My last FO for 2005 is done:
Can you see my happiness? Since it is bulky yarn, I expect I would look a bit more bulky in the sweater. Though I did swatch, I didn't wash the swatched piece (well, I almost never do this step!). The result? You see the sleeves? They are a bit longer because the yarn stretches lengthwise after wash. But on the whole, I am happy with the result and the sweater is comfy!
Pattern and Modifications: Urban Aran from Patons Designer Series Street Smart
After reading Terri's advice on better tailoring, I decided to go for the small size. As you can see from the pictures, the sweater fits very well and is with enough ease. The finished measurement of the sweater's width is 16.5". Blocking did stretch out a little bit, but not as much as the length.
For the collar, the instructions called for picking up stitches, knitting back and forth and then sewing the left shoulder up to the collar. I must say this is an unusual way to me. So, I did it my usual way - sewing both shoulders, picking stitches around the neck and knitting the collar in the round. The collar in the pattern measures 5" ... a deep turtleneck. I made it half the length so that the sweater can be more versatile.
One feature I like about the pattern is the cross ribbing on the sides, which gives a little waist shaping to the body.
Yarns: Jaeger Como (90% Merino Wool, 10% Polyamide) Col: 235 Orange
This is my first time knitting a sweater using bulky yarn. One good thing about bulky yarns is that they knit up really really fast. Not just that, even the sewing is fast! Jaeger Como feels really soft ... and it becomes even softer after wash. However, I can't say I enjoy knitting with it. This is because the yarn is untwisted, my needles always got caught through the strand. Besides, mysteriously, there were lots of plant fibres embedded. Well, I am happy to say that I didn't fall in love with this yarn ... which is not a bad thing considering the fact that it has been discontinued!
Gauge and Needles: 15 stitches to 1", US10 and US10.5