I wanted to knit a sweater that would have a similar shape and feel to a beloved, oversized and totally overworn sweatshirt. A sweatshirt that everyone has seen me in and most people have been hoping to never see me in again.
Well, bitches, that time may be now...
Given that there isn't anyone to take photos of me looking short, dumpy and middle-aged while I'm wearing my sweater, I was sort of at a loss for how to photograph it. I'm no Gale, ya know.
Last weekend, I had mentioned to our Cindy that I'd put the sweater while in progress on top of the sweatshirt to compare. She liked the idea of me doing that again here for the big finished object post. I like the idea, too.
Plus I couldn't come up with another idea.
The sweatshirt is huge. It's an extra large, but it's got to be bigger than that because it's HUGE! That's part of the reason I like so much. The slightly boatneck shape is more my style than your normal slightly choking tee-shirt style neck. I also love the extra room in it. Being able to put it on over a long sleeved tee (or two) is often enough added warmth to keep me going while saving me from being weighed down by a coat/fleece/jacket. Remember, I live in a part of the world where there's no real snow-bound winter.
In the first photo, you can totally see why I thought I might need to lengthen. However, I am happy with where the bottom hits so I'm good.
Anyway, the yarn is my handspun. The fiber came from our Joan. She very kindly made a million tiny green batts for me to spin. As you can see in the above photo, our Joan does not just dye everything a single color out of the bottle color and call it done. I love that. However, I was not totally prepared for one sleeve to start out a totally different color than the body.
I have since come to realize how fabulous it is and it's all good.
Fiber was BFL. Yarn was 4-ply. Honest to goodness 4 plies that were plied together off four different bobbins at the same time. Yeah, not my favorite thing ever, but I do love this yarn. It was a pound and a half of fluff. I used less than a thousand yards of yarn and still have over 500 yards left. There's another fabulous green something in my future... at some point.
Pattern is $5 in Paris. Wonderful free pattern that is an amazing starting point from which you can do anything your little heart desires. I'm proof of that and, yes, I am already planning my next one. Shut up.
It's a win. I couldn't be happier and I'm currently plotting my next sweater while I work on something that may be a slog. Only time will tell.