This sweater, the Lion Neck Cardigan has been in my queue, ready to go with yarn and pattern for about a year. Finally got the push I needed when the group Sexy Knitters Club on Ravelry decided on a third quarter 2009 KAL for Wendy Bernard. Well, I had three months to make it, but, hee hee, I finished it in less than a week.
This goes FAST, and it's fun, and I love it, really love it. I have knit a few of Wendy Bernard's designs, but this is probably going to be my favorite. I can imagine myself wearing it often, perfect for cool Nor. Cal. nights and the arctic freeze of the movie theaters in the summer. I love the way it flatters and shapes, yet there is no shaping to the pattern at all. The ruffle is perfect, not silly like some ruffles can get, but prettily stream-lined and floppy and flattering.
About the yarn, RYC Soft Tweed, the color Bramble is beautiful, the feel is soft and squishy and has just the perfect amount of tweedy flecks in blues. I used just over 7 balls. The pattern seems sized very small. I would normally make an XS, but reading other Ravelers review of this sweater, I made the size M and it does fit perfectly. I think it's a good idea to go up one or two sizes with this sweater.
I have a few more projects that I have recently CO: Apres Surf Hoodie in RYC Cashcotton 4 ply in a soft yellow and a long sleeved Yosemite (free pattern) in Cool Wool Big in soft pink. So just added two more WIP's to my overflowing knitting basket(s), ye gads. But I am closing in on a few other projects and will share them soon.
Pure is from the Breeze book by Kim Hargreaves. Probably not the most interesting knit in the book, but something about making it in white June that I had in my stash appealed to me. I love June, even with all my "must be a natural fiber" snobbery. Yes, it is a microfiber, but doe's not have that acrylicky feeling. It's easy on the hands, makes a crisp stitch, and the finished sweater does well in the washer and dryer. I've used June a few times before. Also, I found it online for $2.99 a skein. Can't really ask for more than that in a yarn!
I do like this sweater, but almost didn't finish it. I tried it on after I joined one sleeve to the body, and I looked like a pumpkin. I set it aside, dreading the idea of frogging all that stockinette I had knit and knit, then finally got the idea of a belt. Finished it and belted it and TA DA, love it.
I knit it in the round till the arm opening and added a few more waist increases. Also, I speeded up the raglan decreases or the sleeve opening would have been immense. Also added some length.
Now I am working on Summer Scabbard which has been a trial. More about that later.