After putting it down to start and finish numerous other projects, I finally finished my Signature (without the) Stripes! My project page says it took me two months, but it was obviously not two months of actually working on it. I knit several other things during that time.
- Pattern: Signature Stripes, Project Page
- Yarn: SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock – Evergreen (bought at their studio in Vancouver!)
- Needle size: US2 for ribbing and US4 for everything else
- Mods and More:
- Obviously, I omitted the stripes!
- I knit each sleeve for an extra three inches, which turned out to be the perfect length.
- I seamed the shoulders before picking up stitches for the neck (the pattern didn’t specify when to seam them). If I knit this again, I might modify to do a three-needle bind-off at the shoulders instead of binding off as written.
- I used alternating cable cast on for all the cast ons. (If you can call it a mod if the pattern doesn’t specify which to use.)
- My row gauge was bigger than the pattern row gauge, so the fronts took fewer rows. When picking up for the neck, I picked up 48 sts along the left front and 44 along the right front. I decreased 4 stitches evenly spaced along the left on the next round.
- I knit the body to pattern, but it is too short for my taste. The bathroom FO photo is pre-blocking; I am going to see if I can stretch the length when I block.
After taking literally weeks to knit the first sleeve (I got very bored and knit a million other things, as seen above), I finally got serious about finishing and banged out the second sleeve in two days. I alternated skeins for the entire body and one sleeve. I did not alternate for the second sleeve and I can’t even tell which sleeve that was. I’m very impressed with SweetGeorgia based on this project. This was my first time using their yarn and it was definitely a good experience. This was also my first time knitting set-in sleeves. The seaming was easier than I expected (I used mattress stitch) and I really like the fit at my shoulders.
In my tradition of late-night FOs, I finished the seaming at about 12:30 Thursday night. I wove in the ends the next morning and wore the sweater to work!
Overall, I’m really happy with this sweater! I think it has a really classic fit and I’m sure it’ll be a new go-to for me. I’m not usually a v-neck person, but I decided to try something new with this, and I definitely like it.