Well, this sweater has been done for a while; I’ve worn it many times. However, it was hard to find a non-rainy-foggy day to take some photos. We finally got ONE sunny day, so in the morning I stood at the edge of the muddy field of winter wheat next to our building and Michael took some photos.
All in all, the sweater’s a success with caveats. The pattern, Nubby Cardigan, from the Autumn ’08 Knitscene was great, and I was excited to knit a sweater by designer Deborah Newton, whose book, Designing Knitwear, was a major inspiration when I was a newbie knitter. It was easy and fun to knit, and I think I did a bang-up job on the knitting, and my best job yet on the finishing. I’ve come to enjoy matress stitch–it’s like magic!
The collar hides the raglan sleeve shaping, and it’s those raglan sleeves that are the problem. It took me a while to figure out why the sweater wasn’t as comfortable as I thought it should be. It’s big enough around, but the armsyce for the raglan sleeves is too shallow. I’m long from collar bone to bust, and I need more length there. The sweater doesn’t hang properly for long. I also have to wear it buttoned or it starts to fall off my shoulders due to the heaviness of the gigantic collar. So, here in California, it’s only good for very cool days.
On the plus side, I like the Lamb’s Pride Worsted very much. A lot of knitters don’t seem to like single ply yarns, for reasons I don’t understand. This was fine to knit with, and the cables and textured stitch pattern worked very well. It’s also taking hard wearing pretty well too. The colors this yarn comes in are so rich, I’m sure I’ll make something else with it in the future. And I love the Jonah buttons I bought from Shelby of Heartstone Creations. They are ceramic and durable. Many’s the time I’ve taken the sweater off and dropped in on my desk at work and heard the buttons plink on the desktop, but they have remained chip free and as good as new.
In summary, I’m glad I knit the sweater; it was fun. I love the color and the buttons, and it keeps me nice and warm on a cool day. I just won’t knit straight raglans anymore. Good thing I don’t mind setting in sleeves!