Steel Cut Oatmeal

Just before Christmas, I was in the mood to make a sweater. It couldn’t be anything too complicated, and I wanted it to knit up quick. Bulky yarn and a simple top-down raglan pullover to the rescue!

  • Pattern: Oatmeal Pullover, Ravelry notes here
  • Yarn: Sweet Georgia Superwash Chunky in Steel, 5 skeins
  • Needles: US size 11 and 10.5
  • Mods: Knit longer sleeves, shortened the body to better fit my torso, threw in a few decreases every few rows after the bustline…

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the instant-gratification project I was hoping for. Most of it was operator error as I made rookie mistake after rookie mistake! I think sometimes as knitters we take the basics for granted and it comes back to hurt us when we least expect it.

I cast on for this sweater three or four times, for various reasons: wrong number cast on, changed needle size, worked a few inches in grey and yellow stripes, ripped back, cast on again… I even played around with the increases, doing the every other row increase I was used to before I decided to rip out and just follow the pattern. Why is that so hard to do?! The resulting raglan and neckline are interesting, but not the greatest fit for me.

After all these hurdles, I was able to knit the body in about a week and a half. Then it sat. And sat. For some reason picking up stitches to knit the sleeves seemed too laborious, and I procrastinated. But once I went ahead and did it, each sleeve only took an evening to knit. Of course there was the slight issue where the second sleeve was knit on a half-size smaller needle. After a deep breath I ripped it all out, found the correct needles, and reknit.  It wasn’t until I was about to start the ribbing on the cuff of the third sleeve that I noticed I was one stitch short. I was not about to rip it out again, dammit! So I made a stitch and moved on. I think that’s called “making it work.” ; )

In the end, I am really happy with this sweater. The Sweet Georgia yarn was soft and lofty to work with, and the colors are stunningly vibrant and rich. I have my eye on just about every color way we carry at the shop!