Finished knitting blue sweater

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I started knitting this sweater on 8/8 and finished (except for weaving in some of the ends) on 10/16... really I guess it's not fair to say I started it on 8/8, because I had been knitting sample swaths for a couple of months to try to find stitch patterns I liked. The inspiration for the sweater was a Marc Jacobs design I saw on Bluefly that I liked - they no longer have it up on the website, and I didn't save off the pic, so I can't refer you to it for comparision. But, what I liked about the sweater was that it had stripes of an open pattern interspaced with stockinette.

I knitted sample after sample of yarn-over and lace patterns from Barbara Walker's first book (the only one I have), until one day another MWKer showed me his copy of her second book, and I spotted this "deep waffle" pattern, copied it down, and knitted that up... and that I really liked. It doesn't match the pattern in the MJ sweater exactly, but I liked how it looked. I sampled it interspaced with just stockinette, and I thought the bands of stockinette looked a little plain, so I experimented with another stitch in Barbara Walker's first book that she calls "Tunisian" knitting. It comes out looking very much like a double crochet. Basically, you do one round of slip/yarn-overs, and then come back through and knit together the yarn-over with the stitch. So I used this to alternated with stockinette at the background stripes.

I have a piece of software called "The Sweater Wizard", and after I had the pattern I wanted to do in mind, I configured the guage and sleeve length and had it spit out a pattern that I started with. Having knit sweaters with the patterns from this software before, I knew that I didn't like the fit of the sleeves so much. To alter that, I took actual measurements of the circumfrence of my arm, and divided it up into 4 different "zones" of different decrement rates. Since I was knitting this as a raglan sweater in the round, and since I wanted the stripe on the sleeve to line up with the strip on the main body of the chest, I knitted the sleeves from the top-down (the first time I had done that). I started out trying to do that on size 3, 16" circular needles, but that was not fun, so I changed over to double points instead.

I did a tubular cast on at the bottom with a pretty conventional ribbing there, but at the end of the sleeves I just did 3 rows of k1p1 ribbing, and then struggled through a Kitchener bind off with a needle. It's the first time I'd done a Kitchener bind off, but it makes a very nice and stretchy sleeve that pretty much matches the appearance of the tubular cast-on.

About 80% done with the sweater, I had a crisis. I had ordered this sale yarn from Knit Picks - It's their Gloss DK yarn that's 70% merino and 20% silk, and in a color they called Whirlpool. Well, I thought I had ordered plenty of the yarn, but evidently the pattern I was doing (I think particularly the Tunisian stitch) was taking up a lot more yarn that usual, and (as you've already guessed), I ran out! A call to KnitPicks confirms that they've since sold out of this color in Gloss DK, and there's no way to get anymore. Panic ensues. Finally, I order the same color in their "Swish" brand, that 100% superwash wool ... the color match is close, but the yarn without the silk at the top has less shine and looks a little bit darker. So, as normal, now I just pretend I intended to do it that way all along.

Finally, I'm up to the neck and debating about what I should do there. I decided to repeat the theme of the yarn-over "waffle" pattern on a banded neck, but I knew that wouldn't be sturdy enough for a neckline, so when I reached the top, I changed to smaller needles and knitted a hem with k1p1 rib, and then whip-stitched that inside.

I wore it out for the first time today, and it works well for fall weather with a long-sleeved T underneath. Hope you like it too. I appologize for the model - he was having a bad hair day :).

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philvm's picture

What a artist..... Your

What a artist.....
Your pullover is really beautifull....
And it looks really more confortable than the original one.... ;-)

Have a nice sunday

sorry for my english... normally I speak French...

2manyhobbies's picture

I did find a pic still

I did find a pic still online of the Marc Jacob's sweater I took inspiration from. Mine is a bit more conventional, less fitted and longer (the MJ one has almost no rib on the bottom).

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I think I'd wear your design

I think I'd wear your design much more readily. Something about it just appeals more. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

michaelpthompson's picture

I agree with Joe. Your

I agree with Joe. Your design is more pleasing to the eye that the MJ one. The contrasting bands seem a bit wider, which is nice, among other things. And it seems to drape better. Perhaps that's just the model? ;-)

Tom Hart's picture

I agree.

I agree.

VTandPTguy's picture

Jon- A handsome sweater on

Jon- A handsome sweater on a handsome guy; doesn't get any better than that! VERY well done. -John

Crafty Andy's picture

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The sweater actually looks fantastic. I do love the GLoss from KNit Picks, but I don't care much for their swish yarn. At any rate, you did a wonderful job and it does not look like there are two colors, it looks like a light trick rather.

2manyhobbies's picture

Thank you, Andy! I agree

Thank you, Andy! I agree that I liked knitting with the Knit Pick's Gloss yarn a lot better than the Swish - but at that point, I was just happy to find something compatible in the same color that I could use to complete it. I think in the future, I'll take whatever my best estimate is on the yarn I need for a sweater, and just routinely add 2 skeins - that seems like a good safety buffer.

michaelpthompson's picture

Two skein buffer On Fri,

Two skein buffer

On Fri, 2010-10-22 02:49 — 2manyhobbies wrote

I think in the future, I'll take whatever my best estimate is on the yarn I need for a sweater, and just routinely add 2 skeins - that seems like a good safety buffer.

Definitely a good stash builder too!

rc_in_sd's picture

Really nice, Jon. Those

Really nice, Jon. Those stitch textures work wonderfully together!

2manyhobbies's picture

Yes, the interest in the

Yes, the interest in the sweater for me was a lot about the texture of the stitch patterns. Thank you for your kind comments!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

A great looking design. --

A great looking design. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

2manyhobbies's picture

Thanks, Joe :)

Thanks, Joe :)

MMario's picture

Write it up. Write it up.

Write it up. Write it up.

2manyhobbies's picture

I guess i need to get busy

I guess i need to get busy then! Thanks, Mario :)

Mnjack's picture

Beautiful blue and it really

Beautiful blue and it really looks great on you. I love the pattern. It has lace and yet is still masculine looking. A great man's sweater.

2manyhobbies's picture

Yes! That's what I was

Yes! That's what I was really aiming for - to be able to incorporate a lace-like stitch pattern in a sweater, but still have it feel definitely "masculine". I'm happy that came across. Thank you for your comment!

Tom Hart's picture

Man, you totally scored on

Man, you totally scored on that one! Kyle's right: you should publish that. There's precious little out there for guys. And that one's a stunner. Congratulations on a brilliant creation!

2manyhobbies's picture

Thank you! It is nice when

Thank you! It is nice when something works out after putting time and energy into thinking it out and constructing it (but that's the fun part too).

kylewilliam's picture

that's a gorgeous sweater -

that's a gorgeous sweater - you should get the pattern sorted out and submit it for publication... I for one would buy the pattern!

:)

congratulations!!!

Kyle
www.kylewilliam.com

2manyhobbies's picture

Coming up with the pattern

Coming up with the pattern is a lot of work (and a lot less fun that the knitting), but maybe I'll give it a shot if you think it's worth the effort. Thank you for the encouragement, Kyle!

QueerJoe's picture

I love that bright blue in a

I love that bright blue in a warm Winter sweater. I honestly think I suffer a bit from that light-deprivation during the Winter, so having such a great sweater that will both keep you warm and provide brightness is a double blessing.

2manyhobbies's picture

I know what you mean about

I know what you mean about light-deprivation in the winter... I remember one January with a vacation somewhere sunny, and then returning to a particularly dark and gloomy Philadelphia winter where my mood really crashed. As much as I'd love to get away from the dark in the winter, I learned that it isn't a good idea unless I can stay there until Philly gets sunny again :).

michaelpthompson's picture

I love the creativity you

I love the creativity you put into the construction of this amazing garment! I thought it was beautiful when I first saw it, and I liked it even better after hearing your description. A real tour-de-force. Congratulations.

2manyhobbies's picture

I guess I stole the

I guess I stole the "look-and-feel" from the Marc Jacobs sweater, but I'd only looked at a web photo, and I did introduce a number of new elements (the Tunisian stitch, the particular lace pattern, the style of the neck). I'm glad you liked it - thank you!

TomH's picture

Great!

Great!

2manyhobbies's picture

Thank you :)

Thank you :)

Craig's picture

Nothing wrong with with the

Nothing wrong with with the model and the sweater is amzing, great work and a great colour for you.

2manyhobbies's picture

Thank you for your kind

Thank you for your kind comments :)

Spicemanknit's picture

Jon, This is one handsome

Jon,
This is one handsome sweater you have made which makes you look quite debonair in it. It appears you have put a lot of effort in this sweater and it shows in its detail.
John

2manyhobbies's picture

Thank you! I did try to pay

Thank you! I did try to pay attention to the details of the construction on this one. It included a number of "firsts" for me : the first raglan I had knit in the round, first time I used Kitchener bind-off, and the first time I knitted lace.

Kerry's picture

The sweater looks great and

The sweater looks great and great on you. I admire the almost scientific way you approached the design, perhaps my sweaters would fit better if I took the detailed care that you did. Well done .

2manyhobbies's picture

Thank you! I've really been

Thank you! I've really been trying to concentrate on fit and finishing with my knitting lately. I got the sleeves on this one to be pretty much exactly as I'd liked, but ended up with just a little more ease in the body than I think would have been ideal. But, it's a learning process :).

Hey dude, that jumper is

Hey dude, that jumper is amazing, I like the colour 2 ;-)

2manyhobbies's picture

Thank you! The color is

Thank you! The color is what really attracted me to the yarn - a not-quite-teal. I notice that Knit Picks has another blue now that is close to it, but with a different name.