Could I love this sweater any more than I already do? No, I could not. It is perfect. A perfect knit, a perfect finished object. I love everything about it.
pattern: February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne
yarn: Socks that Rock, heavyweight, in Tanzanite, just a shade over 2 skeins (probably 750 yards total, as per pattern)
size: XXS (a few inches of negative ease)
cast on: September 15
bound off: October 4
modifications: none needed
notes: If you’re considering using Socks that Rock (which I would highly recommend – I think it’s a perfect marriage of pattern and yarn), and you’re going to do this sweater in the XXS version, it’s possible to get by with only two skeins. I did 18 repeats of the lace on both body and arms. I could’ve gotten by with 16 or 17, probably not had to start a 3rd skein, and then just blocked it aggressively enough to get it the length I wanted. As it is, the fit is perfect for me – arms and body both fall exactly where I wanted – but I didn’t block very aggressively, at least not length-wise.
As some of you know, I agonized over the buttons a ridiculously long time. The buttons I thought I had in my stash, the ones I used for the February Baby Sweater, were not actually there. So I went to Joann’s to buy more, and of course I ended up with several other options in my bag. After much polling, online (even Pam herself rung in) and at home, the consensus was still in the direction of my original choice. Little Buddha declared my second choice (a beautiful coconut button) to be ugly, and my original choice to be perfect and beautiful “because it’s colorful.” Who am I to argue with the aesthetic of a four year-old?
verdict: possibly my favorite knit
I fell in love with this Socks that Rock colorway last February, when I knit the February Baby Sweater for a charity auction. The whole time I knit it, I kept thinking how much I’d love to make the exact same sweater in the exact same yarn, in me-size proportions. Four months later, Pam made it possible, with her free pattern. I knew immediately I’d be making it, and in the same yarn, but it was a few more months before my queue cleared up enough to cast on. Oh, who am I kidding? My queue didn’t clear up at all. I just suddenly became obsessed when fall hit, and I knew I needed my sweater. Right. Now.
Around that same time, I got obsessed with something else as well – Dexter. My Old Man and I watched all the episodes of season one and season two over the course of about two-and-a-half weeks. It’s no coincidence that that is exactly how much time it took me to knit this sweater. I could call it my 24-hour sweater, since I watched roughly 24 hours of TV while knitting it, but I like to think of it as my Killer Sweater (that does sound better than Sociopath Sweater, yes?).
I love it so. I love that it can be totally elegant, or that it can just class up a casual ensemble.
Did I mention that I love this sweater? Because I love it. I lovelovelovelove it. I am going to wear it whenever I need a pick-me-up. I am going to wear it whenever I need a boost of color during the long grey days of winter. I am going to wear it till it falls apart.