The Goal: Create my own sweater pattern - long enough to wear with leggings in the fall and winter (aka covers my butt), with sleeves slim enough to fit into my jean jacket.
The yarn is three strands of Purl Soho Line weight held together (2 dark, 1 light) to create my perfect marl. I cast on with a Long Tail CO. The ribbing of the sweater was knit on US8 needles, the body on US9, and the last three rows of the neckline ribbing were knit on US7 to ensure no gapping. I originally knit the sweater on US6 & US7 needles (front, back, and one sleeve) but decided that the fabric was too dense and ripped the entire thing back.
The shape of the sweater is based on my own Hemlock Tee pattern from my sewing pattern line with a few mods. Turning the flat pattern into knitting math was a fun experiment that worked out pretty well. The body of the sweater is reverse stockinette with cables up the front and the sleeves are regular stockinette. I’m especially proud of how the cables come neatly out of the hem ribbing - this took slightly more math than I originally predicted!
I love the finished sweater! The fabric drapes beautifully and the yarn is so soft you can wear it next to your skin with no trouble. The sweater, while warm, is incredibly light for being as large as it is. I’m almost sad it’s time for summer now that it’s finished…at least I can wear it up at the cottage!