Whoa… it’s been a long time since I’ve posted a weekly update on my #52weeksofknits resolution. Like 20 weeks… holy cow!
Well I’ve been knitting a lot since then (see my Ravelry project page for specifics) and my most recent FO is Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary. I knit this sweater in the suggested Cascade Ecological Wool in the Merlot colorway. I scored 2 skeins for right at $30 a while back on Craftsy. You get a lot of bang for your buck! I have to say, I don’t love knitting with this yarn. It isn’t the softest and by the end of the sweater, I was so over it. It may sound weird, but it made my hands feel dry (is this just me??) and I hate that feeling. I do love the finished product though and the yarn feels WAY better to wear than it did to knit with!
I cast on for a size small, hoping to get between a small and a medium – and I’m happy to report that I did! It fits really well. Mods: I used a regular long-tail cast on instead of tubular (out of pure laziness!), so I started with a WS row for the half twisted rib. I slipped the first stitch of the ribbing with the intention of doing a split hem, but changed my mind once I started seaming. I seamed this using the mattress stitch and, if you don’t already know, it. is. MAGICAL. See my Instagram video for proof. I knit the sleeves an inch shorter than indicated because of my short arms and they came out perfectly. Somehow the 2nd sleeve went faster than the 1st, and before I knew it, the sweater was off my needles! Oh, and I love the tubular bind off! Such a pretty finish. I was afraid it was going to come out too short for my preference (I like sweaters to be a bit longer), but you have to layer this with something anyway, so it worked out. I layer it with this tank from Target (the perfect layering tank, IMO)! The burgundy color is just right for my sweater!
If I were to knit this again (and I would!) I would try to modify to knit it in the round. As much as I loved the mattress stitch, I hate to purl, and that would’ve saved me a lot of purling! Also, I need to learn how to make the front neckline lower! I see mods on it all the time, but I’m afraid to try it myself. New goal: learn how to modify necklines!
I’ve already lit my favorite candle and hung my fall wreath. If you need me, I’ll be knitting and waiting for cooler weather so I can wear this beauty!
The joy in these photos is real, y’all – this is the perfect fall sweater!