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May 18, 2006


The season of favorites continues.

I'm freakin' squealing with joy, my friends, this top is a Winner!

Pattern: Swirled Pentagon Pullover from Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature.

Yarn: Gedifra Korfu, 50% cotton, 50% polyacryl. Color #2022 ripe tomato, 11 skeins. I loved working with this yarn - beautiful stitches, easy on the hands, flies on the needles, blocks like a champ, and doesn't have a schizophrenic personality when it comes to maintaining gauge. I'm stalking elann in case they get more.

Needles and gauge: Blunti Stumpos (because I'm clearly a glutton for punishment), US 6, for everything except the ribbing, which was worked on a US 5. Stockinette gauge for this project (after blocking and ironing): 19 sts and 26 rows per 4" square.

Finished dimensions: bust 36", waist 31.5", length to shoulder 22.75", armhole depth 7.5", sleeve length to sweater body 19" (for reference, my bust is 39").

Modifications: compared to other projects, I hardly changed anything! I basically knit the smallest size, and adjusted for my different gauge along the way.

  • Little changes: used 2x2 ribbing, lengthened the body by 1.5", and lengthened the sleeves by 1".
  • Medium changes: added some waist shaping, but because this is a more sporty, straight sweater, the hips and waist do not differ significantly. I also omitted the turtleneck collar, and even the originally-planned simple crewneck collar: because of the way the pentagons are cast on, the collar had a very nice finished edge without any tinkering.
  • Big changes: knit the pentagons in stockinette so that the yoke came out the right size (reasoning and results detailed here and here).

Thoughts: I've been telling you all along - I love the clever construction of this sweater. The way the pentagons come together to form the yoke - genius! The way the back is raised with another half of a pentagon - genius!


I feel compelled to reiterate that the finished dimensions in the pattern are, for once, correct (at least for my body). Batwings? Not a chance! Shoulder seams which land at mid-bicep? Sleeve caps which make absolutely no geometric sense and require nothing short of a miracle to actually fit into the armhole? A neckline that leaves little to the imagination? Not here! I didn't have to use graph paper, and for that, Norah, I want to give you a big smooch! Yay for writing a well-fitting sweater pattern!

Will there be more Knitting Nature projects for me in the future? Uhm... a firm "yes" ;).

Posted by Kathy on May 18, 2006 10:32 AM


Oops! I called you an octagon earlier, but you're a proper pentagon! The sweater is well worth many leaps and jumps. And fancy dances. You look fantastic, Kathy!

I love your photos of this project. Looks great. Did anyone show at True Grounds last Sunday? I stayed until about 5pm then went on my merry.

Fabulous! You should jump for joy :)

beautiful! fab colour and the pentagons are super cute.

What an interesting construction! I may just have to check out that pattern for me.

Well done! The fit is perfect, very nice. And that neckline, it's so pretty.

it looks great! I love that it has little details (like the construction) that make it so interesting (to look at and to knit), yet the top isn't this overly complicated looking thing (I have issues with wearing too complicated-looking sweaters, but I LOVE to knit them because they're interesting -- this is perfect in both aspects).

That is so cute! I love the pentagons! I think I just may have to buy that book! Great job!

I would freakin' squeal with joy too, if I had that sweater on my body. It is just awesome. You did a beautiful job knitting it. I'm sure you'll get a ton of compliments on it! I can't stop looking at the pictures...it is SO cool!

That sweater looks awesome.. !!and it does really fit perfectly...

The sweater looks (and by your sounds of joy!) great. And big kudos for being able to photograph yourself in motion. The photo shows your happiness to a TEE. Looking forward to seeing the Tilli Tomas (maybe call it a Tomasina Twist?) in progress.

Yay! That looks great on you. And well done for finding a pattern that only required minor tweaking!

Though I know you've been a professional dancer, this is the first time I saw you literally jump in the air! What flexibility! The best I can do is half an inch from the floor! :D
The sweater is fabulous and the ripe tomato colour is delicious ... my book is in the mail to my home ... can't wait for it to arrive.

Perfect! Very very cool sweater. Haha I love that picture of you in mid-jump.

Gorgeous. I love everything about this sweater. It fits marvelously and the color and pattern are just perfect. A definite winner here.

Gorgeous! I love how all your sweater fit perfectly(takes lots of work, I know)
Must pick up this book ;)

I am going out and getting that book and knitting that sweater. Thanks for being the guinea pig! :-)

It looks amazing on you! The color is absolutely perfect, and so is the fit. Well done!

Holy crap, it seems like you just started knitting that sweater. When exactly did you cast on? I swear it was two weeks ago-tops. You're fast.

I. Love. It.

::dashes off to buy the book after procrastinating for a bit::


wow, I love it, and you knit that up so fast!

The look and fit are perfect. Did the pattern call for that much negative ease? I'd never believe that the finished measurement is 3 inches smaller than your actual bust size looking at those pics.

Looks great!

Wow - besides the fact that you are speedy gonzalez of the knitting world..that looks absolutely stunning. You really did a fantastic job!

Looks fabulous!!!! I may have to check out that book now. Your pictures are very inspiring.

I love the sweater, and I'm pleased for you that the pattern didn't cause the angst of so many others. The neckline shape worked out beautifully too.

But I'm really confused. With a 39" bust and a finished measurement of 36", I'd expect it to look painted on, and it doesn't. And since it's not as loose-fitting as the picture in the book, what does that say about the sizing as originally designed? I'm assuming if you'd made it the size they intended for your size, you'd be swimming in it.

Oh my goodness! I had NO idea that this sweater would turn out so beautifully! I'm still a fairly new knitter, and hadn't imagined all the changes to the pattern that would make this so incredibly yours. Well done, you!

Wow! That sweater looks....well, like it was made for you. Gorgeous work.

It's perfect!! Can't wait to see which Knitting Nature project you pick next.

That sweater is rockin'! I didn't like the original picture with the turtleneck. Nora Gaughan needs to reissue the book with pictures of your sweater instead. What a marvelous job.

Marvelous work dearie. Norah would be proud.

Wonderful sweater! I like how it came out and it fits perfectly. The yarn is also lovely.

That's one of the most beautiful sweaters I've seen... you are such an inspriration!

This is gorgeous, and looks fabulous on you.

Now I think I need to go out and buy this book.

Amazing! I think that says it all. I look forward to seeing this book.

Such a better neck. Really nice.

That sweater looks so so good!! But I can't tell if you like it or not... ;-)

wow! that came out beautifully! you did an amazing job. :)


WONDERFUL!!! Now I want one of my own!

Wow!! That is so amazing! The picture in the book was sort of "eh..." but it looks fabulous on you! And you were so quick!! Great job!

It's beautiful and you should be jumping!

Beautiful! I love that you left off the turtleneck, it never seems to be flattering on busty girls like us.

Gorgeous Kathy! Just perfect!! Your modifications are fantastic.

tres gorgeous!

:) another winner!

:) Kate

wonderful!! Nice flat tummy too :) hehe! You look so pretty in those photos as you are glowing with happyness!! Congrats!


That is a FABULOUS sweater! You've done a marvelous job.

Lovely, lovely, lovely...I"m sure everyone will be stalking that yarn now!

it's fabulous, incredible, awesome, amazing... i run out of adjectives.

so you did it again. you MADE ME buy another book! ;)

That is a fantastic sweater! I am also very impressed with your photography skills. Very cool.

Terrific! Drat, I'm going to have to buy the book now ...!

Wow! Grumperina, you are my idol. Beautiful job on the sweater. And I love your blog and the detail you go into on your projects. Thanks for sharing your insight.

Just fabulous! I love that perfect fit.

Beautiful job! It looks great on you.

You look MAHVELUS! That's one fantabulous sweater and, as usual, I'm just simply awed by your ability!
Wear it in good health!

Wow another winner for sure!! Great job, great colour, great fit! great everything....! :)

Awesome! I love it.. and what's more important is that you love it!

Gorgeous sweater and I love how it turned out. Especially as I like many projects from the book, but I'm not interested in the turtlenecks for me.

Simply gorgeous. Another beautifully done project!


OMG... you look stunning! gorgeous sweater.

Whack Grumperina dancing shots!
You really did NOTHING for the neck edge? No crochet or anything?
It fits you PERFECTLY!

beautiful and fits you perfectly. awesome!

Super cute! I love it!!!

Beautiful! It looks wonderful on you, and I love the neckline!

It looks great on you! I love the action shot. :)

So lovely, I just knew that sweater would be so much better without the turtleneck-- thanks for all the tips along the way.
Your haircut is pretty swell, too.

Beautiful! I like your neckline much better than the original turtleneck--it's a big improvement. The fit is wonderful. Thanks for giving your dimensions for reference. I think it will help others understand that you don't have to make knitwear with too much ease.

Fantastic! I feel in love with Knitting Nature when I stumbled across it at Powell's in Portland a while back. Everything is so cleverly constructed, so intriguing. Congrats on a beautiful sweater!

I've admired your seemingly infinite knitting knowledge, lightspeed knitting, blogging, and photos for a while. So who cleverly took your jumping pic?! This is a great photo that clearly conveys your happiness with Pentagon sweater. Congrats!

My book has just arrived...and your sweater is "miles" better than the original pattern. Bravo!!!! I'll be knitting this one, following your notes closely.

The sweater is beau-ti-ful....also, love the action shot!! Nice work and now I'm totally lemming for the book.

Nothing short of absolutely stunning! Wanna make me one? :-)

Wow, you knitted that up fast! The neckline really is beautiful! Congrats on a great new sweater! Now I might have to get that book!

It is stunning, as always, and I'd like to add that you have the perfect hair for this sweater! It's short and doesn't block the view of the clever construction of pentagons, yet long enough to almost frame it. It's perfect for you and on you!

Looks great! I really love the 'jumping for joy' picture. :)

Oh, more jumping pictures are definitely in order. Definitely beats skipping, hopping, and pogo-ing. However, cavorting and galavanting in new knits are encouraged.

Gorgeous! Fits you perfectly!

the neckline is awesome just the way it is. good call on not messing with it.

That looks marvelous! I'd be jumping too!

Pretty sweater. Love that red too. Great job girl!

WTG! You did freakin' fabulous job! And fast, too!

Fabulous! Love it...love the neckline...beautiful. I have used this yarn, and love it...perfect sweater!

You are totally rockin' that sweater, Kathy! I love the jumping action shot.

Fabulous. Not only did your modifications work well but the whole package is a perfect fit. Pentagonia looks amazing on you! I'm really impressed with the design and the way the pieces work together... I might not have given this design a second look without your recommendation.


Fantastic, simply fantastic! So fast, so perfect.

Love the jeans, too.

That is an absolutely gorgeous sweater and you did an excellent job.

Yea pentagtons!! Awesome job!

Wow, it looks great! The colour is amazing too. Great job :)

The pentagons look faboo!

Fits just right, neckline intriguing, done so fast. But now I'M grumpy because you failed to succomb to my opinion that the pentagons would look better in rib than in stockinette. So there.

gorgeous! simply gorgeous!! It's so perfect Im so excited for this book to finally get here!

watch it now...with all that jumping and excitement we may not be calling you grumperina anymore ; )

It's lovely!

Wow, that looks great! Beautiful fit. Thanks for taking all those great shots of the neckling- they make it easy to appreciate all that cleverness. ;)

That is to say great shots of the neckline- because spelling is clever, too.


Looks great! And I love the picture of you jumping. Every FO should get that reaction.

Let the champagne flow! This knitter deserves a toast! Can't wait to see what's next.

So beautiful!

Wowwwww! That sweater is PERFECT on you. :)

The sweater is beautiful. Congrats on a new wardrobe staple!

GORGEOUS! and, I need to add...IRON?! You're blowing my mind!! Crap, I love it all. Just absolutlely brilliant.

holy crap! that looks amazing!

It's just perfect!! I'm going through the patterns but seems that even petite might be on the big side for me.

absolutely beautiful.

Fantabulous! Red is a really good color on you.

That is a lovely back-of-neck. Chalk one up for Norah.

It looks good on you. Maybe you won't overheat in it?

this is absolutely LOVELY!!

Stunning. 'nuff said.

Love. It. And the detail on the back is so great with your short haircut!

Nice! I like yours even better than the one in the book!

I'll join in with all the rest of the applause... it's gorgeous! and I love the photo of you hoppin' for joy!

Gorgerous ! It looks great on you !! You are tempting me to start this tonight !

Looks lovely on you!! Beautiful work!

Perfect. Nice jump! :-)

now that's what i call a cute neckline!

great job.

That sweater looks great on you! I definately like your crew neck better than the neckline in the book. I've got that book and have been drooling over many of the sweaters in it.
I have some green Korfu from elann. I'm planning on making your Picovoli with it.

That is the most fabulous blog photo I have ever seen! Rock on!

Wow! It's perfect! I love the stockinette pentagons--really looks fantastic.

Wow! I have to confess, I wasn't a huge fan of this when I saw the picture from the book. But your version looks INCREDIBLE! It looks so awesome on you! I love the jumping picture!

This looks great! The mods were perfect - I really enjoy your blog!

Glorious! After more than 120 comments there's not much new to say, but I do love the way your sweater turned out. Clever Norah, clever Grumperina - a match made in heaven.

Beautiful! Your finished knits always fit you so well. What awesome knitting skills you have. Thanks for the picture! (and not draping it over some expensive item you own...)

How in the heck do you knit so DANG FAST?????!!!!!! This sweater is absolutely 100% gorgeous. By the way, I am starting my first jaywalkers, and I LOVE that pattern!!! Muchas Gracias, my friend!

Looks really fabulous. Hope you'll get to wear it a bit before summer hits!

I love it. That's a great color too.

This is my second post to tell you how much I love your sweater. I just had an idea for your next one...black...black with beads knitted in. Very chic, very Grumperina!

Great job! Hot jeans, too. ;)

Gorgeous sweater! I got this book for Mother's Day. I can't wait to start a project or two from it.

I'm so glad to hear that the pattern was well written!

Good job!

May I be the 129th commenter to say, that is one great looking sweater and the wearer looks great in it!

I will say what all the others are thinking - the sweater looks just OK. Not fabulous, but OK.

You really need to wear makeup - your skin tone looks really bad and red is not a great color for you.

have a grumpy day!

The sweater looked great in the book but, I didn't care for the t-neck. Now I know I can make it with your changes and have a sweater I'd like. Thank you for documenting what you do as you do it!!

It looks wonderful, and fits perfectly.

Awesome sweater and fit. It looks great on you. I can't believe you finished it so quickly, even with the modifications and ripping. Great job!!!

Just lovely! I love that colorway (and the name for it is so appropriate!) It looks wonderful!

Woo Hoo!

What they all said!

Love that! Leaving off the turtle neck really calls attention to the interesting pattern, plus it produces a more wearable sweater. It looks terrific on you.

Gorgeous! I'ved decided to buy the book. Thanks!

Awesome! I am very impressed at the way your sweater turned out. I'm going to have to go out and get this book; I love the pentagons at yoke, very clever.

Gorgeous sweater. Great photo!

Your sweater looks awesome! Great job and very fast too.

Looks wonderful and what else is there to say? Another one to add to my 'to do' list.

Very nice. The color is fabulous. I love how well it works out also. I am still staying away from sweaters for now. You can knit all the ones you want for me...okay? :) It is quite beautiful!

Beautiful! It fits you perfectly and the pentagons are fabulous. You are justifiably proud of this gorgeous sweater.

Super cute! And such great pictures too..

It is SO much nicer w/o the turtle neck!
Clearly, that's now on my todo list!

Thank you!

Gorgeous! I would be jumping for joy too, well if I were physically capable of jumping, which I am not... enjoy every minute of wearing it!

Love it!

Love it! This was the first pattern that jumped out at me, and it is even more amazing in person!

You are an excellent advertisement for the book! Beautiful sweater, and inspiring, also.

Катя, какой классный свитер вышел! Глядя на тебя я купила книгу и теперь ищу подxодящие нитки!
У тебя результат безупречный! Все ровненько и гладко, как будто на машине! Умница!

Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous!

WOW! I am going to make one for self...you just wait and see. :)

Sue F

Late to the party, but have to say, it looks GRAND! Love your modified neckline!

I love how you've modified the pentagons! And the sweater looks wonderful on you. Great work!

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