Started: April 17 Finished: June 2, 2010
Colour: 148 "Gypsy"
Needles: 5mm Circular (Body) & 5mm dpn's (sleeves)
Modifications: Custom Pattern based on Jenn's formula (details below)
Start knitting in stockinette, adding a single stitch either side of the four corners every other row. After 4 rows change to Garter stitch and keep going like that until you reach your underarms when you put the arm stitches on waste yarn, stop with the increases and knit straight to wherever you want the hem to be which you figure out by just trying the thing on. Mine ended up just south of my "southern end" (26.5" from the shoulder). Finish with 4 rows stockinette.
STR for the i-cord loops fastening the buttons rather than the heavier yarn from the sweater. I also used it to sew the buttons to the sweater.
I think the result softens the overall effect and helps blend the stark redness of the buttons with the deep blue of the sweater. The finer sock yarn also yields loops that are easier to use than ones made of worsted.
(Hey I just noticed - the Silkroad colour chart features an asymmetrical a-line jacket in this yarn - very similar to this pattern - the yarn must be well suited to the task)
So that's that! If you're struggling for a fool proof sweater pattern where you can be the boss and expect a good result check out this free little gem and be sure to look at all the great variations of it on Ravelry! In fact I think so much of it I may make another one myself - I'm thinking big needles and a light coloured mohair blend knit in stockinette!
Thanks for the fabulous pattern Jenn and thank you for dropping by today!