Monday, March 19, 2007

Wicked Awesome

Thanks for all your comments on my last post! Miles is getting a big ego from all the compliments! He is pretty darn cute, though:)

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.
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.


Sphilange said...

That looks really good! I really like short sleeved sweaters, they are so versatile. Also, you left a comment on my blog about whether or not Rowan yorkshire bloomed after washing. I don't know what that means exactly, so all I can say is that the yarn got a lot softer and the ribbing got a little less elastic.

caitlyn said...

Wicked looks awesome on you, Kelly!! Great job! I also find that my knitted sweaters end up being too short on me.
I have the pattern and the yarn in my I just have to gear myself up for sweater knitting. I haven't done one in over a year!

Kara said...

It looks wicked awesome. (Sorry I couldn't help it.) Your sweater looks just perfect.

Jackie said...

Dude, it looks wicked pissah!

(Did that help you miss Boston less? I hope so.)

But seriously, it looks fabulous on you, and no, you're not the only one who completely wears out her knits as soon as they completed.

Lisa said...

oh I love this sweater! I just went and bought the pattern. :) Very very cute!

Elizabeth said...

Cute! You did a great job with this pattern. The yarn looks awesome too - I looove Artyarns.

Jenny said...

That was in my my want to knit before, but now it is in my must-knit. I have that problem with sweaters in general . . . and I'm not tall at all. I'm short, and short waisted and my belly sticks out all the time. What's up with that?

shannon said...

Okay, your Wicked makes me want to knit one! I just finished my first sweater ever and am on day three of wearing. :) You are not a dirty girl, just an excited knitter!!!

I will most likely add length to my Wicked whenever I buy the pattern, yarn and needles. Which means I will probably buy an extra hank, just to be safe.

Mintyfresh said...

That is so cute!!

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

Love this! I've been dying to see someone knit it!

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