August 14, 2005
Get this thing off of me!
It is so HOT, I cannot believe I’m prancing around in this thing:
Yarn: ONline Linie 76 Cup, color 06 (52% schurwolle, 48% polyacryl). Total of 9 skeins (with only a yard or so left over!). I absolutely adore this yarn, it has such personality. As I was knitting, I found myself looking forward to funky yarn sections, and crossing my fingers that they would end up front and center, not at the edge :).
Needles and gauge: US 9 Addi Turbo, 15 sts/22 rows per 4” square.
Finished measurements: 37” bust, 22.5” shoulder to hem.
I made up the pattern for this wrap sweater myself, but I think the result would have been identical if I were to take some wrap pattern, and adjust it for my gauge and size. I decided to keep everything very simple in this sweater for three reasons:
- I wanted to showcase the lovely yarn.
- I whipped up the pattern in a very short amount of time.
- I am sick and tired of dealing with complicated sweaters.
Sweater wrap simplicities:
- The edging at the hem and sleeves is 1 row of purl on the right side. That’s it.
- The edging along the sweater opening is a modified i-cord designed by Annie Modesitt (more details here).
- The neck opening in the back has just a little bit of shaping and no edging - I picked up some stitches, and then bound them off on the next row.
- The right and left fronts are mirror images of one another. So are the two sleeves ;).
- The sleeves are hardly shaped: 1/2" decreased at the forearm, then 1.5" increased to the armpit.
- There is no hip/waist/bust shaping. At all! Because the wrap fits snugly around my body, I didn’t think it was really needed. Now that the wrap is done, there’s only one place where just a few decreases would have been an added bonus – above my beeee-hind ;).
- I didn’t wet-block this as I typically would. Instead, I ironed it on high with high steam through a thin pillowcase. Let me tell ya, if there’s one thing I know, it’s how to iron (thanks, Mom and Grandma!). The fabric stretched slightly after ironing (my sleeves are a bit longer now), but it’s not a big deal at all considering that in a chunky garment like this, flat seams take off the 10 pounds the camera adds and then some.
- There is one button securing the “under” front, and no other buttons or ties.
- Even the pin is simple! I did buy a few fancy pins at department stores downtown, but will return them all in favor of this little DIY number I made at Beadworks:
I know, not very creative – it totally matches. I did play around with other color arrangements, and I must say, dark green looks great against the color of the sweater, but I was tired, hot, and cranky, and the store was amazingly crowded (with tourists, toting around huge shopping bags, I just don’t get it!), so I caved in and matched.
Do I love it? Yeah! I mean, I think so… ask me again when the weather has cooled down by at least 20 degrees ;).
Seriously, the ironing made all the difference.
Before, the wrap just sort of sat on my body with every seam protruding half an inch into the air. The hems and edgings curled slightly in an unflattering way, and the doubled fabric on my belly really stood out. After, the fabric is thinner, the seams are flat, and the wrap really follows the lines and curves of my body instead of just sitting there.
P.S. Always fill your iron with bottled or filtered water – the mineral deposits in tap water clog up the steam vents and cause nasty white chalky crap to be spit up all over your stuff. And it’s hell to get out of handknits ;).