I thought it would be February before I finished it, but I wrapped it up in the middle of November. It was just the thing to wear for Thanksgiving.
I made the 37.5 size. My bust is 38", but I did not want this sweater to be big and baggy and dowdy. Plus, I know the garter stitch and the lace block out like crazy, so I figured that I would probably get it to fit with zero ease. I was right! It's just a teeny bit tight at the upper arms, but once I pull it on, it's just fine.
Yes, I did make my daughter and me matching sweaters. This was a little unintentional. I chose yarn for both projects several months apart, and I didn't realize how close in color they were. Oh well. It's not like they're frilly, floral Laura Ashley dresses.
My favorite part is the buttons. I wanted something that would stand out and compliment, and I got the idea to use a vintagey floral fabric and cover my own buttons. My mom helped me find the right fabric when we visited them in Ashland, OR in October. I think they came out great! I don't think yellow is a color I can really wear, but a small splash of yellow works.
So I'm happy with it! It does feel, though, like it doesn't really count as a sweater. It definitely is a sweater, and I knit a sweater's worth of yarn, but I didn't learn anything new in this project. I've made the FBS twice, so I can do this lace pattern in my sleep. And the fit isn't hugely challenging because most of the cardi is open and there's a lot of ease to play with. For my next trick, I will pick something a little more advanced. But that will have to wait 'till January. I have gift knitting to do!
Pattern: February Lady Sweater
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, 100% wool
Needles: US 6