The Hourglass Sweater is done. Here it is, straight off the needles:
I also tried it on for the official bathroom mirror shot:
The color in the first shot is much more accurate.
I don’t think any blocking is needed — I’ll just give it a once-over with a steam iron.
I love this sweater. I imagine I’ll wear this a lot when the weather gets cooler.
I made this with some mods. First of all, I didn’t do the facings on the lower edge, sleeves, and neckline. I did a seed stitch border instead. Because my row gauge was a bit off, I adjusted the rate of decreasing and increasing to achieve the proper shaping on the body and sleeves.
When I was working on the yoke, I thought the finished neckline was going to be way too wide. Turns out, I would have been correct. With 8 rounds left to go on the yoke, I doubled the rate of decreases (decreasing on every round instead of every other round) to get a narrower neckline, and I’m glad I did. I have somewhat narrow shoulders, and I didn’t want the sweater hanging off my shoulders, as it undoubtedly would have had I knit it as directed.
I also knitted the sleeves a full 2 inches shorter than directed. Also glad I did that — they would have been way too long. As knitted, they just cover my wrists and are exactly the length I like.
So color me happy!
This sweater took a bit over 8.5 skeins of Alchemy Synchronicity. No doubt it would have taken much closer to the 10 skeins the pattern indicated had I done the facings and made the sleeves as directed.
I started another sweater today. Big surprise, eh?
But I’ll talk about that tomorrow.
“I want more greenies, Mommy!”