39.something – Saturday sweatshirt sweater, for fall, originally uploaded by earthchick.
This is my first ever handspun sweater.
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).
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.
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.