Pattern: Knit and Tonic's Somewhat Cowl
Yarn: Seven and a half balls of Knitpick's Andean Silk in Bluebell
Needles: Size 5 29" anonnymous aluminum circs for most of the body, size 5 Clover 36" circs to magic loop the sleeves, and anonnymous aluminum size four dpns for the sleeve ribbing.
Project Started: April 2nd
Project Finished: June 11th (with lots of other projects in between)
Modifications: Nothing intentionally. Lots of like things that just kind of happened as I tried to make a sweater with a nice fit. Notably, the stockinette part of body is knit at 7 rows and 6 stitches per inch - looser than the recommened gauge. I also used size 5 needles for the body and cowl ribbing. Because I'm impatient.
Notes: Andean Silk is great fun to knit with. As soft as it is, I do find it to be a little scratchy around my neck. Additionally, this is definately not a summer sweater. Merino and alpaca is warm, durh. :P I'm also wondering how this yarn holds up over time - does anyone have insights into how it wears?
My yarn choice made following the pattern exactly difficult. So I didn't. I approximately followed the pattern, transfering it to long circs and trying it on several times to assure that it didn't become hugely large or tinily small. I tried to make the cowl and the sleeves shallower, but on this I failed despite not knitting as long as the pattern suggested - I was working by instinct and not by math. I added some decreases in the upper body, and some fraken-decreasing in the arms area.
All in all, I'm relatively happy with it. For being such a monster of gauge it fits surprisingly well. I didn't knit the body as long as the pattern says, nor the cowl. These two alterations were the result of sheer impatience. I was antsy to get finished.
Wendy now offers an update to the Somewhat Cowl with modifications to make it a more form fitting garment - I found those about halfway through this process.
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