Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Every Day Sweater

I know I am always saying it:  I will live in this sweater.   Friends, I put this sweater on before it was even completely dry, crawled under a blanket and took a nap in it, and have since taken it off only long enough to bathe.  I am wearing it right now.  I took it off for a minute, to photograph it for you, and then put it right back on again.  A sweater this good makes me start to think maybe I don’t even need any of my other sweaters [nevermind, that’s nonsense] and another thing:  usually, after a big success, I am headfirst in the stash looking for more more MORE, but for now, I am just sitting here, curled up and purring.  It couldn’t be a grayer, simpler, more ordinary sweater if it tried.  It looks like every single thing you’ve ever seen anybody wear, ever.  The yarn [Naturally Nazareth, a 100% domestic wool workhorse aran weight yarn in the sublime colorway “Moonlight”] is stubbornly sturdy and, well, basic.  It looks like it will last a hundred years, but it made my hands ache.  It wasn’t that much fun to knit with, if I am being truthful, and I’m afraid the luxury yarn binge I’ve been on lately has spoiled me rotten for these more pedestrian yarns but after a soak and a day spread out on the table to dry, it came to life.  The cables relaxed out so beautifully and the whole thing softened up just enough, and I really, truly, want to live in this sweater.  Well, I have been.  
It is rumpled and wrinkly now, and (probably because it finished its blocking while it was on me and I was asleep) it has conformed to my shape [I won’t make a joke about also being rumpled and wrinkly, I won’t I won’t I won’t] so it’s slightly poochy at the elbows and the cuffs are stretched out and the I really couldn’t love it more.  It just feels like one of those beat and comfy old things I’ve had forever.  It is the best friend I’ve just met.  (Should I block everything this way now, by sleeping in it while it’s still a little damp?  By the way, if you did that in anything besides wool, you’d probably get hypothermia.)
The (free!) pattern is here.  It comes in only one size, but because the side panels and sleeves are in stockinette, you can easily adjust it up or down to fit you.  I added a few stitches at the bottom of the body, to accomodate my pear-shape, and decreased a few times at the sides to get to the right bust size for me.  I also winged it at the yoke, but that’s really just because I don’t like to fuss over things like attached i-cord and p3 tog.  So the pattern isn’t perfect [but it is free] and the yarn isn’t perfect [or is it?] but this finished sweater?  It has a couple wonky bits and it looks like it was knit by a loving grandma back in 1958 so somebody’s older brother could wear it to play rugby at Yale.  Yep, it’s perfect.  

26 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! Might be my next sweater... Hope mine is half as nice as yours :)

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  2. Hope it keeps you warn. I think we are on for some cold weather this week. Jo xx

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    1. I've been seeing the pictures of all your snow--stay warm! xo

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  3. It looks absolutely perfect 😍 I do remember loving this sweater many moons ago on Ravelry & being sad it only came in the one size but now maybe I have learnt enough to adapt it like you did? Thank you for reminding me about it! Have a lovely week whatever you knit next 😃
    Helen

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    1. I think it is very easily customizable--just add or subtract stitches at the sides, as needed. I did sort of ignore most of the instructions for the yoke and neck shaping, and just worked it as a basic v-neck raglan. Worked out fine! xoxo

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    1. Thank you very much! Love to you both. xoxo

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  5. Beautiful sweater and such fun to read your post, a most enjoyable visit.

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  6. It's lovely! I want to see the back!

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    1. The back is the same as the front, minus the V--the same cable chart is used for both front and back. :)

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  7. Oh yes,the back,please!I was wondering about it,too..Lovely!!:-)xxx

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    1. The back and front are the same--easy peasy! :)

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  8. you new best frien is gorgeous!

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  9. it's beautiful!
    & it does look very comfortable too!
    enjoy
    thanx for sharing

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    1. Thank you! It is just about the very comfiest. :)

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  10. That sweater looks like the perfect thing for cosying up in. I adore the cables and admire how much work you have put into making it.

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    1. Thank you! It has quickly become my most-worn sweater. :)

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  11. Such a beautiful sweater,it looks so cosy.I looked at the yarn online and it says it is ideal for felters.....you will have to be very careful how you wash it or it will be teddy's favorite.

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    1. Yes, I saw that too--careful handwashing, for sure. :)

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  12. This looks like the very sweater I wanted when I was growing up!

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    1. Me too! You should make one, go on. :)

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