Anyway, I finally took some pics of Wicked...
Wicked by the Zephyr Girls
Size. 32-34. I waffled on the size. The sizes are actually size ranges and my usual size was smack dab in the middle. I started with the bigger size, but then changed to the smaller size. I'm indecisive like that.
Yarn. Artyarns Supermerino in 122, 6 hanks, *all* of it. Purchased from Sarah's Yarns (on sale!). Apparently, I have no imagination because I used the same color as the Zephyr Girls.
Needles. Size 7 32" Addi Turbos, Size 7 Crystal Palace dpns
Dates Knitted. Not 100% sure because I didn't keep good blog records, but I think February 20 to March 13? I knit this is spurts because I kept changing my mind about size or fearing I would run out of yarn.
Modifications. I knit an extra 4" for the body. Yup, 4! I'm not exceptionally tall (I'm 5'5/5'6), but this would be a "belly" sweater on me had I not added on the extra inches. So I just kept knitting until I ran out of yarn. I seem to run into this issue on every sweater I knit, but never on sweaters I buy. Weird, huh? In any case, I'm really happy with the final product and will definitely keep this in mind on future sweaters. I've always added an extra inch or two, but it turns out four is what I need. And I swear, I don't have some disproportiate torso.
If I knit this again (which I definitely plan on), I will knit all ribbing with smaller needles. This is a no-brainer, but the pattern didn't call for it so I just didn't think about it. I would also make the pocket taller. It looks too short on my version because of the added inches to the body.
Comments. This is easily my best fitting, most comfortable sweater to date (handknit at least). I've already worn it three days this week. (Does anyone else wear their handknits to death at first or am I just dirty?) This was my first top down sweater and I want to knit ten more. Why seam sweaters when you can not seam sweaters? Plus, you can try it on as you go! It's like discovering the beauty of toe-up socks all over again!
The pattern was well written and comes with options to customize with different yarn, longer sleeves, shaping or no shaping, etc. And it has a pocket! Who doesn't love pockets?
This yarn is like buttah! And it's superwash! I want to knit 8 more sweaters with it. And maybe a pair of pants! I felt like I was knitting a sweater in sock yarn, it was so decadent! Must. Buy. More. Also, the yarn blooms significantly. I was concerned it would be tight pre-blocking, but after blocking it fit like a glove. The yarn suggests knitting from two different hanks to prevent pooling, but I just knit from one. I can't tell where the new hanks start.
I think that's about it. This sweater is a ridiculously quick knit. I don't consider myself an especially fast knitter, but I felt like I was done before I finished. If I kept my motivation up the whole time, I think I could have finished in a week, which is just insane for me.