Monday, December 10, 2007


It's done!

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, 6 skeins of colour 10 woad
Needles: 3.5mm addi turbos for the body, 3.25mm dpns for the garter rib in the sleeve, 3.5mm and 3.75mm addi turbos for the upper sleeve, 3mm addi lace for the button/neck bands
Mods: Used smaller needles for narrower sleeve/cuff. Knit 4 fewer rows in the neckband. Knit 2 more rows in each front band. Made 4 st button holes to accomodate slightly larger buttons.
Notes: The sleeves are 3" longer than they should be. I hope my bf likes long sleeves! Lots of vm in the yarn which was annoying. Overall, I am very pleased. I ended up calling my bf and let her pick the buttons. She chose the antiqued silver.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

almost finished

I am very close to being finished. I narrowed the sleeves by knitting the garter rib with 3.25mm dpns (for an 8" diameter), switched to 3.5mm circs at the stockinette, and then to 3.75mm circs to match gauge with the rest of the sweater. I occasionally had to knit a few extra rows to match the length of the sleeves to the diagram.

I think there is a slight error in the neckband instructions. The pictures in the magazine only show 4 garter ridges (8 rows of knitting) but when I knit the neckband according to the instructions, there were 7 garter ridges showing after folding it in half. I didn't like how tall it was so I ripped out 4 rows and now it looks like the picture in the magazine.

I am working on the front left band and I'm auditioning buttons. The ones shown above are just slightly larger than half an inch so I need to knit the button band slightly wider.

I have these buttons in 2 colours - antiqued silver on the left and antiqued bronze on the right. Which one do you think I should use? (click on the image for a larger one)