For my review of this pattern, I'm instituting a new format. For each FO, I'll touch on the following categories: Process, Mods, Product, Yarn, What I Learned. This should keep me organized!
Pattern: Peabody sweater by Leila Raabe, published in Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2011.
Process: The body and sleeves are knit in the round until the armholes. I was nervous about that because my tension changes when I have to purl, but it turned out just fine. I love projects that have enough stockinette to keep things moving, but also some lace to keep me interested.
Mods: I added 4 sts to the CO for the size 37, and the body fits me very well. It has about 1"-2" of positive ease in the waist and about 1/2" of positive ease in the bust. The sleeves, though. I made the largest size, and even did one extra increase after all the prescribed increases. They do fit well, but there is no ease. I also added at least 3" to the sleeves, and 1/2" to the ribbing on both the sleeves and the body.
I started the neckline just a bit early, which meant I had to eliminate that middle leaf on the last pattern repeat. I don't think it looks odd, do you? I also made the armholes a tiny bit bigger, I think. I didn't keep notes on that, so I was amazed when the sleeve caps fit perfectly into the armholes.
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Yarn: The Cascade 220 is like knitting with an old friend. It's dependable and predictable, which is good in a yarn. It is so warm, I don't think I'd wear this sweater with a coat unless it's below freezing. Wool: the wonderfiber.
What I learned: I need to automatically add two inches to all knitting patterns! I don't know why I thought that the knitting world would be different than the ready-to-wear, off the rack world. I always need to buy talls and longs; why would it be different in knitting patterns? I don't know why it took me so long to figure this out, but at least I have.
This also means, however, that I need to buy an extra skein of yarn for every sweater. That's sort of a bummer, but not as much of a bummer as having too-short sweaters.
Other than that, I didn't develop any new skills. I did realize that I really like seaming. I love the little victory of joining two pieces of knitting and having them look, well, seamless.
Ravelry project page: linky
So thank you, Peabody, for helping me accomplish one of my 2012 knitting goals!
Next up: another sweater! Aidez!