Pattern: Gathered Pullover by Hana Jason - Interweave Knits Winter 2007
Yarn: "Sisu" by Sadnes Garn 80% Wool 20% Nylon
Colour: Red # 4228 Lot #703150
Needles: Aero 5.5 Circulars & ChiaoGoo 5.5mm 8" Bamboo dpns
Start: October 29 Finish: November 13, 2008
Mods: Added 1" length to sleeves
This was one fast and super easy knit. The whole story is the gathered motif on the front - otherwise its just fairly fine yarn knit on fairly large needles in the round - three tubes (body + two sleeves) no shaping with a rolled edge knitted around the collar. Its quite brilliant in its simplicity.
As to whether its brilliant on me, I'm not so sure. I choose a size that gave me almost 2 inches of negative ease at the bust but I have shaping at my waist where GP has none at all and this will will take me some time to get used to. I love the colour, I love the fact I was able to maintain the loose gauge called for without relying on larger needles and I LOVE the fact that there were no errata!!
I did make the sleeves long enough to reach my wrists rather than being slightly cropped. I would like the sweater itself to have more length but I think if it did I'd look even more shapeless so in the end I'm glad I didn't modify to add more.
I chose the yarn for its colour over its content and I'm happy with the finished fabric. It does have the "drape and fluidity" the pattern notes stipulate.
The pattern also calls for blocking lightly which I did but I am keen to see what will happen with a good Soak. I suspect and I guess hope that the whole thing will shrink inwards a bit and give me the shaping I crave.
As I noted in an earlier post I used about 70% of the yardage they call for in the pattern. I don't understand why that is but I'm not going to spend time worrying about it at this point.
If you are at all inclined to make this sweater I'd highly recommend you just do it - particularly after finishing a taxing or lengthy project. This sweater took me less time to knit than a pair of socks!