After knitting through a few sizing hiccups, making modifications, and pushing through all that delicious stockinette, I’m pleased with this tee! This was a learning experience as usual, and while I like the finished piece, there is room for improvement next time.
- Pattern: Rayonnant Pullover by Romi Hill, Winter/Spring 2011 Knitscene (Ravelled here)
- Yarn: Rowan Belle Organic DK by Amy Butler 5.5 balls (about 790 yards), color 05
- Needles: US 6 & 8/ 4 & 5mm
- Mods: Made short sleeves and added some bust shaping.
This sweater pattern had its share of frustrations, mainly in the generous proportions as I wrote about here. After knitting and ripping out the yoke and sleeves, I modified the sleeves and bust to fit my body. You can see the detail of these mods on my Ravelry page, but the gist is that I created a customized size somewhere between 34 and 36. Then I jumped back on the pattern bandwagon and knit it straight down to the hem without any shaping. I tried it on multiple times and thought things were going great. Then I wore the tee all day and looked at these photos and realized I didn’t need as much positive ease in the body as I thought I would to be comfortable. Oh well, knit and learn, right?!
I love how the leafy lace yoke turned out. The combination of pretty lace and casual fit is what initially drew me to the pattern, and I’m happy to say I still like it after all the work and changes I made!
The yarn was very nice to work with, as far as cotton blends go. It’s soft, has a decent amount of stretch, and the wool content will hopefully help the tee retain its shape. If I had one gripe, it’s that the yarn could be a bit splitty at times, but not so much that it was a headache to work with. I’d knit with it again, although as I’m writing this it occurs to me that it feels a lot like Lion Brand Cotton Ease, which is a heckuva lot cheaper (no wool, though). Interesting.
Now that I’ve finished up a fairly large prject, I’m all set to tackle my knitting to-do list! I’ve already cast on for Windschief, and it is coming along very quickly. It’s the perfect antedote to a project that was on my needles for about 2 months.
Happy knitting this weekend, friends!