3.15.2014

Peer Pressure

At the beginning of the year, I made a list of all the knits I wanted to knit, and a general time during the year that I wanted to work on them. Thanks to Michelle, Cassy, and all the other gorgeous versions of Antrorse, I've already strayed from that list. I was planning on knitting this sweater this year, just not this early in the year. Peer pressure. Gets me every time.

But I don't regret it one bit. I could live in this sweater.


I knit this using trusty Cascade 220, which is such a great yarn. It's affordable, durable, and comes in so many amazing colors. My camera had a hard time picking up the real color of this yarn, though. It's not as blue as it looks - it's very purple. 


I used the recommended US 10 needles because I liked the look of the looser fabric, which made my gauge a little off because Cascade is worsted, instead of aran. But to work around that, I made the size 34, to get about a 33. It's the perfect amount of over-sized for me.


It's a great sweater for this time of year. It's warming up, but still cool, and Antrorse is great for layering.


Even though it may be a small detail, I really love the garter stitch hem on the body and sleeves. Sometimes I forget how much I love garter stitch. It was the first thing I learned to knit, so it's easy for me to dismiss it as "beginner", but it really has a simplistic beauty to it.


I will probably go back and add a crochet chain to the backside of the funnel neck to help avoid "droopy neck syndrome". Mine is holding up pretty well, but the buttons are a bit heavy, which causes it to droop just a little.



Now, to focus on getting these socks off the needles so I can cast on my tights!


 {see more photos on my instagram}

10 comments:

  1. This sweater turned out perfect, and those buttons are just gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! I completely agree - the buttons are just the perfect addition!

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  2. So beautiful, Jennifer! Your gorgeous purple yarn is making me want to move purple higher up my queue. And those buttons are the perfect finishing touch.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I wish the camera could capture the color better - it's such a rich, vibrant purple! Everyone needs some purple in their lives... Jake informed me that it's the color of royalty.

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  3. Love everything about this!! Now I need to add this to my queue!

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    1. Thank, Lisa! Yes, this is a must-knit!

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  4. The sweater is a worthy diversion. It's really gorgeous! I love the shape of the yoked neckline.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! You should knit one - this would look really good on you!

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  5. GORGEOUS! I love that radiant purple color. I wish mine was worsted weight so I could get a little more wear out of it. It's proving to be too bulky as winter fades away. It will be great next year though. Love your toggle buttons too.

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    1. Thanks, Cassy! I'm really happy I went with worsted - it's been perfect for our current weather, and will adapt to be great for winter with a few layers underneath. Thank YOU for knitting such an awesome sweater that was great motivation and inspiration!

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