4/22/12: Ended up adding three more seed stitch rows to the sleeves and to the bottom band to better match the top edge. The sweater’s done, now, just need to weave in the ends, wash, and block. It’s a bit big, and not terribly well shaped for my proportionate figure…but it’s done!
4/19/12: Finished second sleeve and am eager to block this. Have left the sleeves as 3/4 as the edge is really aligned to the bottom trim at that length. The whole sweater feels a bit big, but blocking will help, I’m sure.
4/18/12: Halfway through the second sleeve, and I’m liking the tension/gauge much better on the smaller size 5 needles. Am going to finish this sleeve, then contemplate frogging the first sleeve (for a second time) and knit the whole sleeve on the smaller needles. The end is in sight, in any event.
4/16/12: Frogged the sleeve I’d completed as it just didn’t result at the same gauge as the rest of the sweater (I changed from nickel to wood needles and the gauge got too loose! Who would have guessed!). Re-knit the sleeve, switching back to the nickel needles and to the smaller needles halfway down the sleeve (after the 5th decrease). Am happier, but am thinking I’ll knit the second sleeve with the smaller needles from the cast on. Almost done. Am worrying now that the whole sweater is going to be too big. Ugh!
4/6/12: Resumed this project a week ago, after nearly a year in hibernation. I am now finally done the body. On to the sleeves. Am very concerned I don’t have enough yarn, too. Am down to last four skeins, and I bought an extra skein when I ordered this just in case. Disconcerting to say the least!
I must say I’m liking the fit of this very much. It’s great that you can try on as you knit top-down. It’s much less “hanging” on me than as pictured on the model in the booklet. The broad shoulders certainly help for a change!
5/2/11: Am really enjoying this pattern this time around. The yarn and needles I’m using are way more slippery than last attempt, but I know the pattern, now, which is making it a breeze to knit. Have made it past the sleeve/body separation and this sweater seems to fit this time round! Woohoo! Also found buttons over the weekend that look lovely with the granny smith green.
SIZE: 2X Large
Finished bust measurement: 54 3⁄4
To fit bust measurement: 50 with 4 3⁄4” of ease
Solstice by Classic Elite, Verde Collection (70% organic cotton, 30% merino wool; 50 gram hank = approx 100 yards): 13 hanks
• One 24” circular each size US 5 and 6 (3.75 and 4 mm)
• One set double pointed needles (dpns) each size US 5 and 6 (3.75 and 4 mm)
Or size to obtain gauge.
• Stitch markers
• Stitch holders or waste yarn
• Three 1” buttons
Guage: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4” in SS with larger needles.
Yoke increase row written out for each size with “increases spaced as evenly as possible”
2X Large: work 8sts as established, M1, (K4, M1) 9x, K3, M1, K3, slip marker, knit sleeve sts, slip marker, (K3, M1) 5x, (K4, M1) 15x, (K3, M1) 4x, K3, slip marker, knit sleeve sts, slip marker, K3, M1, K3, M1, (K4, M1) 9x, work to end as established. (46 sts increased)
For more information, see: http://classiceliteyarns.com/pattern_detail.php?patt…
and here: http://outdoorknitter.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/cey-kal-cr...;
I would recommend increasing the ribbed edge to a 8 stitches rather than six as you later bind off four and change from ST ST to ribbed to create the ribbed edge below the buttons. I would do the same on the moss/button hole edge, doing 3 rib stitches before the 4x4 moss stitches too.