Just in time to ring in the new year!
The sweater of great softness is done. I love how soft and fluffy the yarn is, especially after blocking.
But it’s light as air. It’s hard to see from a photo how pretty the yarn is – it has a silk core covered with fluffy brushed alpaca. The shiny silk peeks through the fuzz and adds sort of a tweedy look, especially in garter stitch. You can see the yarn a bit better in the photo below, and the color is more true-to-life:
Despite the fact that I don’t generally like raglans, or to knit sweaters top down in the round, I’m very happy with this one. The pattern has fewer increases on the sleeves than the body for the first few inches, which gives the raglan seam a slightly different angle – almost in between a saddle shoulder and a raglan. I also like the scoop neck of this pattern, rather than more of a boat neck that you often get.
The pattern also incorporates short rows at the bottom hem, to make the back of the sweater longer than the front. I chose not to do that for this sweater. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, and since I did garter stitch on the front half instead of stockinette, the sweater is naturally a little shorter in the front anyway.
It’s a great basic sweater, and I can see making it in different types of yarn (smooth and fluffy), as well as making it plain or jazzing it up with some cables or other details, changing the neckline to a V-neck, etc.
Pattern: il grande favorito by Isabell Kraemer
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk, 8 skeins (yarn held double throughout)
Needles: US9/5.5mm and US8/5mm
Modifications: Garter stitch along the front piece instead of stockinette, changed the ribbing from 2×2 rib to 1×1 twisted rib, omitted the short row shaping before the hem. Ravelry project notes here.
Happy New Year!
That yarn looks amazing and your sweater even more so! Wishing you more lovely knitting in 2015 and a very Happy New Year!
That looks great on you! Nicely done.
Great sweater! I bet you’ll be wearing it a lot. 🙂
Happy New Year!!
This sweater looks so good on you and has the look of a favorite, easy to wear sweater while still being beautiful. Happy New Year!!
Just lovely! And it looks perfect for keeping you cozy this winter. Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! Looks like the coziest sweatshirtish sweater ever. 🙂
I love this! It looks incredibly cozy.