Ok, so I finished the sweater a little over a week ago.
I decided to forgo the sleeves and just have a super loose tunic tank instead.
It’s actually really, really nice and I love it!
Here’s some crappy photos:
I snapped them really quick for my knitting buddy and I don’t feel like dolling myself up to take nicer ones for you guys. :P
I love it because it’s comfy, super duper super soft -like, really soft. I love this yarn!- and it’s such a pretty colour. I love that it’s sleeveless and I can mix and match it with so many things: T’s, tanks, light long sleeves…
I hate it because : It’s way too wide.
WAYYY too wide.
I thought that it might be because I decided to not double the yarn like the original pattern suggests, but after some pretty extensive googling I can see that it’s still a huge sweater and everyone’s seems to turn out this large. Which I LOVE normally, but because I am not over 6feet tall and supermodel thin (I think Dorthe’s daughters are? Which is why Maria’s looks so crazy stunning on her) the sweater just makes me look a bit chubby. It really looks best on The Skappels.
If it matters, I am 5’7″ and of very average size. No fat, no boobies, scrawny arms, a bit bubble butted..
(I’m stuffing an update in right here: The needle size. It turns out I used one size 10.5 US. I THOUGHT it said 10 on it because I couldn’t see the .5. I think this makes a massive difference. I am happy I made this mistake because I know that using a bulkier yarn and this needle would make a great sweater!)
The yarn is 100% acrylic, and even though I knew that it wouldn’t shrink I washed it and put it on high heat in the dryer in the hopes that it would.
It didn’t shrink.
It DID tighten up the stitches a bit though! So that was a bit nicer. Not super noticable but enough that -I- noticed.
I am going to make this sweater again and again, with different yarns in different colours. I will post it every time.
BUT: The next time I make it I am going to cast on 60 instead of 80.
Ok, so here are some pictures of the sweater and the reason I did not make the sleeves.
As you can see from the first picture, I decided to try and make the bottom of the sleeve match the bottom of the body. Obviously… this didn’t work. I suspected it but I wanted to see just how bad this sweater could get.
What happened is, because there were less stitches to make the sleeves, the ombre colour change lasted longer.
You can see in the second picture that I turned the sleeve upside down to see what it would have looked like if I had reversed the colour. It would have been much better, but because I was already so done with this yarn I decided that I did not have the patience to redo the sleeve AND try and find the right colours of yarn in the massive mess that the yarn now is.
Sorry it’s blurry.
So you can see why I just did not want to touch this yarn anymore or have anything else to do with it. This pile got bigger after this picture too.
I had to literally dig inside of the rolls to find the right colour matches to make the sweater and there was no way in hell I was going to do that with this pile for two more sleeves with so many colour changes. (read my last two posts on this so I make more sense to you)
Fuck that shit.
So, OFF WITH THE SLEEVES!
LessonS learned. (Yes, I emphasize the S)
Oh- I didn’t take a photo of it but the side seams of this are totally hilarious. I matched up the front and back PERFECTLY on one side and totally missed the mark on the other. So it’s pretty askew on my left side and totally hilarious! I don’t know if people would notice or not because there are so many colours in this. Maybe I will take a pic sometime and add it below.
Also, I could probably crochet a trim around the neck and arms someday to give it more of a finished look but right now the thought of working on it again in any way is painful.
As a side note: The Lion Brand yarn I used for this is so crazy soft I do recommend using it for some sort of knitting project!
Some other notes: The great thing about this sweater is that you can use ANY size needle. All you would have to really do -I think- is alter the stitches up or down depending on the thickness of your yarn! More stitches for smaller needles, less stitches for bigger ones.
I think I spent about about $30 CAD on the yarn. I bought it at Micheals and it was on sale-buy three get a fourth free.
I’m making this again right now! WITH sleeves.
I chose a bag -yes. A BAG- or dark forest green yarn. It was $6.49 CAD and there are two balls in each. Pretty large too. If I had to guess I would say there is about 500 yards in each ball. The bags say ‘1Lb of yarn’ on them. I bought too. So it goes to show you can have this sweater and it will be gorgeous and you don’t have to spend over a hundred bucks on it. Mind you, as you knitters know, yarn has obvious quality differences, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t look great for cheap :)