April 11, 2005
Because doing things the easy way is not for me
I borrowed an inspiring book from the library, Vintage Knits by Sarah Dallas. Some of the items aren't my style, but others are truly noteworthy (not that I don't have enough noteworthy projects and noteworthy yarn already). As an added bonus, a lot of the things which caught my attention are knit from fingering and sportweight yarn. Nothing is more exciting than tiny yarn and tiny needles!
I was immediately drawn to this:
What's the appeal? The neckline! And the beads, just a little bit. I've never been too much into beads for myself. Then Diana from the Harvard group asked, why? and I had no good answer! Maybe it's bead time...
To be perfectly honest, I would be happy beyond belief just to knit this sweater exactly as the pattern is written. It so happens that the "large" size (36" bust) would be perfect for me, and I already have a fingering weight (28 sts/4 inches) yarn in mind, and no, it's not Louet Gems Pearl :).
Buuuuut, I don't do things the easy way :). I always have a hard time rationalizing knit sweaters with short sleeves (or sleeveless, or tanks). In what weather do you wear such a thing? If it's cold, I want long sleeves, and if it's warm, I want to be as close to naked as the police will allow :) (I don't tolerate heat well). Then I thought, if I were to give that sweater long sleeves, I wouldn't want the beads anywhere lower than my elbows. First, it may be too much bead. Second, I'm afraid of catching them on stuff and yanking at the yarn. After all, when I wear a sweater, I don't sit on my couch like a doll, all prim and proper. In fact, I wouldn't want beads on my belly either, because I always catch my sweaters there, too.
So I started doodling. And here's what I came up with:
I am calling it the Fibonacci sweater, since the spacing of the beads follows the Fibonacci numbers. I've given the sweater 3/4 length sleeves, started the beading at bicep level (that number of rows corresponds to right below the boobs on the body), and altered the number of rows in the pattern repeat to squeeze enough beaded rows for interest.
What do you think? Is this good-looking? Or should I just stick with the original cap-sleeved one?