January 9, 2015
February 22, 2015


Project info
Bellows by Michele Wang
Needles & yarn
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 11 - 8.0 mm
O-Wool Balance
13.5 skeins = 1755.0 yards (1604.8 meters), 675 grams

You can read my complete thoughts about this sweater on Fringe Association.


  • My stitch gauge was slightly smaller than pattern gauge, so I knitted the third size and wound up in between second and third, about a 40” bust, roughly 6” positive ease. Which is exactly as roomy as I had hoped for. (And still the shoulder seams don’t quite reach my shoulders!)

  • My row gauge matched pattern gauge, so because I was hoping to wind up nearer the second size, and blocking accordingly, I aimed for the second size with regard to the sleeve cap and armhole shaping. The sleeves fit the armholes beautifully.

  • Left out the cable in the ribbing except on one sleeve; will leave it out everywhere next time.

  • Knitted body in one piece with a basting stitch at the side seams.

  • Worked only three cable repeats on fronts; began armhole shaping at 15” instead of 17”. (Wanted it to hit me where it hits the model.)

  • Love love love all of the neck, shoulder and armhole shaping in this pattern. That sloped bind-off is exquisite. Wasn’t wild, though, about trying to seam the shoulders with this fabric. Next time will do 3-needle bind-off to make sure it’s exactly 1:1.

  • Started working the neckband and was super bothered about the back neck being worked from live stitches. (I’m a little over-obsessed with everything to do with the back neck.) So I actually ripped out the band, bound off the back neck stitches, and picked up all the way around.

  • Adjusted the pick-up counts and button placement because of changing the length. Picked up 3/4 stitches, 55 sts on each front. (The rest as written.) Might pick up two or three more per front.

  • Wish I had worked the third-size collar shaping — a few more short rows up top for a more voluminous collar. Next time!

  • The only thing missing is pockets. I am constantly trying to put my hands into pockets that aren’t there! I had toyed with the idea of adding patch pockets (and still might) but after wearing it, I think I want side seam pockets in the next one.

  • This is my second sweater in a row in this yarn and I couldn’t love it more.

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50% Cotton, 50% Merino
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  • Project created: March 1, 2015
  • Finished: March 1, 2015
  • Updated: March 2, 2015