Sunday, August 15, 2010

It's been almost three years...

I started Rob's Spartan Pullover in November, 2007. It was my first, and so far only, colorwork and it was challenging for me. I tried hard to keep my floats loose, but they tightened more than they should have. Then there was the knitting-a-total-of-six-arms thing, and the running-out-of-yarn thing. And. And.

And now it's done. Blocking:



20 seconds later:

Cats just have to help block. It's in their contract.

There were a number of lessons learned on this — for example, I still have to find a way to make my floats looser, because when I blocked, the color that is meant to punch out (the 'Dune') got pulled back, so its stitches get lost in places. There just wasn't enough give. Rob thinks once the alpaca 'blooms' and fuzzes in wear, no one will notice, and he may be right.

Another lesson is that Rob will really look better in a set-in sleeve, not a drop shoulder. Too bad I'm already 3/4 way through another drop-shoulder pullover for him :-/ But, he loves this anyway, especially how soft it is (I did say alpaca), so that's a plus.

Finally, I probably should have gone down two needle sizes rather than one on the seed-stitch trim, because it's just a little too big everywhere, and that makes a slightly wonky neckline and a flippy-uppy hem. We'll see if enough blocking + steam helps, but next time…

However. I am VERY DARNED PLEASED with this thing. It is done!

Of course I immediately cast on for a new project even though I have a dozen other things on the needles. Because that's how I roll.

6 comments:

FUZZARELLY said...

Gotta love the cat! I am knitting a pair of stranded socks, and even though I seriously and purposefully knit loosely, it still is very inelastic. I think the floats were just way too long; 7 stitches in places. Knitting is a journey.

trek said...

Looks great. I agree with the observation on a seed stitch border. It just doesn't pull in like ribbing and needs a smaller needle. Ask me how I know this...

April said...

Congratulations!!! Three years doesn't seem like a long time to knit a sweater if you ask me. Of course, I haven't knit a sweater from start to finish since 1986 so maybe I'm forgetting something.

Earin Marybird said...

...and here I am taking a break from trying to finish up a UFO that really, should just be frogged, or reknit, or...something. Knitting *is* a journey as commented. You just keep learning, and learning, and learning.

That said, it looks WONDERFUL!!!

Becky said...

Urgh, you're scaring me. If you, Ms. Loosest Knitter I Ever Met, end up with tight floats, there is no hope for me ever doing colorwork and having it lie flat. This looks gorgeous, though. Maybe instead of knitting colorwork, I'll just admire yours.

jae said...

oh my goodness, its done!! and the cat is demonstrating classic behavior! they are so funny. Good job val.