Last Day of the Month, we meet again. While you are a worthy opponent (especially in February... and, I may have a bit more work to complete), I do believe I will defeat you. After all, I was able to knock the ball out of the park on my February sweater! Less than 28 days for a full-on, full body colorwork jumper.
I'm not even going to attempt pretending that this was leisure knitting. I hustled. I ocassionally had headaches from being cross-eyed for extended periods of time. I sacrificed perfection for completion*. I have no regrets.
Pattern: Platte River (Ravelry) by Kristen Jensen
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport: 4balls color 106 Lavendar Cliffs and 4 balls color 205Regal Purple
Needles: Addi Lace 2.75mm and Addi Lace 3mm
Notes: Truly, the colorwork aspect of this sweater was very simple. While the pattern calls for sizes 2.25mm and 2.75mm needles to obtain gauge, I decided to bump-up sizes to account for and counter my own typically tight tension. Retrospectively, two sizes up would have yeilded a better fitting garment. During knitting, the body of my sweater measured roughly 24 inches at the widest point!! I was able to wet block... nearly to gauge**. I knit an additional two inches length through the mid section, for two reasons: 1.) I was afraid I was going to lose length during blocking. 2.) I hate things that are too short (or long, really). As a result, I used ALL my main color yarn and have few yards of contrast color remaining. I chose to not purl the side "seam" stitches at either side point. Rather, I used stitch markers and decreased accordingly. Also, I found I needed to decrease on all rounds of the neckband in order to have a narrower neck opening (I'm apparently not broad shouldered enough for the original instructions). After wearing my Platte River for an afternoon, I've decided I am going to whip stitch the first rows of my sleeves under to counter curling/rolling, as they are insubordinate.
A little less that perfect. A little snug. A little tweaking necessary. But, a successful venture none the less! I will absolutely wear this sweater again (and again)***
Did you kick-ass this month?
*I screwed up my first pattern repeat. It's difficult to tell, especially in these photos.
**I know I should swatch in order to avoid this type of disaster, but I can't convince myself to waste the time and/or energy to do so
***As long as I don't get fat.
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