39.something – Saturday sweatshirt sweater, for fall, originally uploaded by earthchick.
This is my first ever handspun sweater.
Last July, I spun up 1.5 lbs. of Hello Yarn Polwarth in “Cauldron.” This was a fiber club offering that started out as this:
I spun it up into 1153 yards of heavy worsted 2-ply. It was very floofy!
My sweater ended up using less than a pound of what I’d spun (roughly 900 yards, maybe less). It is light and lofty and warm and cozy, and basically what I was going for – a comfy, sweatshirt-like sweater for kicking around the house on chilly Satrudays.
I based the pattern very loosely on the Easy V-Neck Raglan pattern by Stefanie Japel, a sweater I made about four years ago. Instead of the ribbing around the waist and arms, I just knit it straight, and ended with a rolled hem for the waistband and cuffs. I did keep the rustic unfinished v-neck that I loved so much about the original pattern (I usually wear this with a dark purple tee underneath).
My favorite part is the sleeves. I was able to somewhat match them up (in terms of how the colors played out). And I made them on the long side, so they are super-snuggly. I loved rolled-hem cuffs.
But I have to admit, I’m not wild about how it striped out. That huge wide lime green stripe is in the exact wrong part of my body – the place I least need to emphasize! The way it striped was partly a result of how I spun it – I didn’t have a lot of barberpoling; instead I ended up with long color repeats, which of course result in stripes. I should’ve broken up the stripes a bit in the sweater, but I was having too much fun just knitting it as it came. It has a kind of Noro look to it, which I’m not wild about.
Still, it was a delicious spin and a fast, fun knit. I wear the sweater a lot, even though it’s not my usual style (the stripey-ness and in all those wild colors). So I guess it’s a win!
I had about 300 yards of yarn left over. I already whipped out one little something out of that, and I have more planned. I’m thinking a certain someone needs a sweater of her own out of this, as she clearly thinks this yarn is hers.
That is gorgeous!!!
Absolutely LOVED this when I saw it over at Ravelry!!!! It was the inspiration for me to try and knit one myself, but I am still waiting for my roving! 😦
It looks really gorgeous on you! It may not have ended up being what you expected but it’s quite flattering.
Your sweater is stunning! Unlike the Noro, your colors knitted up nicely and the striping is beautiful. You did an awesome job with the handspun yarn.
I love love love LOVE it! Both the sweater itself and the way it looks on you. And I actually think the striping looks fantastic, even if it wasn’t exactly what you intended… especially the two contrasting colors of the cuffs. So cute.
Oh, I think it’s great. Sure, maybe the striping and colors isn’t what you normally wear, but isn’t it great to have an item like that in your wardrobe? And a burst of color is probably good for a knock around sweater… a little mind game to give you some energy. And while I’m not a fan of Noro, I’m definitely a fan of your sweater. 🙂
Hmm, I’m trying to think of something else to say besides, “I love it”, or “Gorgeous” on “darnIreallyneedtolearnhowtospin”, but I’ve got nothing. So, you know, kinda nice sweater you got there. 🙂
But the striping is amazing. It’s tremendous. It’s fabulous. That’s a perfect sweater for the yarn. The colors are exactly right on you. I LOVE it!
If you add a hoodie at the back, and a pocket for your hands in the front, it would be one of my shirts worn in the 70s.
I love the colors, and I think the lime stripe makes your waist look teeny tiny!
Terrific job, I’m feeling very envious of your awesomeness!
This is such a gorgeous sweater! I love the look of those handspun stripes, and such happy colors, too!
Digging it. It’s a fun sweater, just the design I was seeking for some yarn I have that I did not in fact spin. Enjoy!