A Dose of Sunshine
Several months ago, when Meg asked if Liz and I would be interested in knitting another sweater with her, I wasn't so sure. Not about Liz and Meg, of course, rather, the pattern she wanted to knit.
The Vitamin D sweater flew under my radar. Something about the drape and the shape failed to capture my attention. Nevermind that there are 2,814 versions of this sweater posted on Ravelry, I thought.
Fortunately, Meg won over my inner critic and convinced me to give it a shot, because I really enjoyed knitting this project, and I surprisingly pleased with the resulting sweater.
The swing shape is cleverly created through a series of eyelet increases and short rows, which gives a knitter something to look forward to during all that stockinette.
Everything about this pattern was straight forward. The only change I made was to work two extra sets of eyelet increases along the bottom edge for additional length. It is a bit tedious that ALL of the instructions are written-out, but I can't think of a shorter way to convey the steps. I think it's a necessary evil.
One thing I did struggle deciding was which size to knit. The total bust measurement is different than that of a standard cardigan, due to the draped lapels. And, there weren't any suggestions regarding the amount of ease that a knitter ought to choose. I chose to use the back measurement (a) and hoped the rest would fall into place, and it seemed to. If I knit it again, I might try a size smaller to see how big the difference is.
Can you tell we have fun? Because, we do. Knitting with these ladies is as much, no more, about getting together with them as it is the project! I love them so.
I'm glad that Meg encouraged us to knit along with her. And, while I was initially unsure about this one, we each managed to put our stamp on our version. It's really entertaining that the three of us started out from the same pattern and ended up with three unique and distinct sweaters.
Just look at Liz's striped Vit D! I'm kind of in love with it. I might also copy her so I can have a striped Vit D. It's a good thing Liz is good at math, because she had to make a list of modifications to tailor her sweater to her petite form. The result is brilliant! Liz somehow even manages to give this very contemporary style a vintage vibe that stays true to her everyday aesthetic. Pretty impressive!
Meg, accidentally knit her Vit D in fingering weight! She usually has to knit things longer than Liz and I, anyway, so changing gauge was an undertaking! But, she came out on top! And, that drape! Meg's sweater is knit in alpaca, and it drapes GORGEOUSLY. GORGEOUSLY.
I knit my sweater with spring in mind. It's knit with Silky Wool, and I really love the weight of the fabric, even if it doesn't drape like Megs. :-D In a lucky stroke of coincidence, it compliments one of my new straight skirts perfectly! DOUBLE BUBBLE project post!
It reminds me of a juicy slice of watermelon!
Alas, I would be remiss if I failed to credit our wonderful, talented, and very attractive photographers Mike and Felix! These guys. They're the absolute best. Really, the three of us are all "SQUEE" and "AHH" and "GIGGLE" when we get together and, these men roll with the crazy and make us look gorgeous in the process!
Now this looks like a fun photoshoot! Kristin (K-line) and Andrea (Stitchparade) and I have started doing a few KALs together and I hope we can finish them off with something equally awesome! Is this the same Chicago group knitting the Channel cardigan?
5/21/2014 12:12:24 am
You all look gorgeous! And I love your idea of all knitting the same sweater together. Well done!
5/21/2014 02:31:16 am
All three of you look so cute, I want to scoop you up and put you in my pocket! and oh my, the sweaters! They ALL look great! well done!!!! (off to add this sweater to my Q.)
Aw I'm so jealous of your knitting club. Looks so fun! I have the Vitamin D pattern in my queue for a while now. I love it and love all of your versions! It's such a great wearable design. I'm a mega Heidi Kirrmaier fan though so I would say that :) She's a great designer and always keeps things interesting in the patterns even if they're simple
5/21/2014 07:56:35 am
They're all so pretty! It's great to see 3 different versions next to each other, too. Gives you a good idea of what can be done to make the pattern your own.
5/22/2014 11:21:52 pm
I just love all of the sweaters! How awesome it must be to have a group of cool ladies to knit with. :)
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