La SKB, C'est Fini
Pattern: Simple Knitted Bodice, by Stefanie Japel (size small)
Yarn: 4 skeins Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, color # 24 (I had one yard leftover)
Needles: Sizes 7 Knit Picks circulars and size 4 Susan Bates circular needles
Thoughts: Yep, it's bigger than I wanted, even after washing, blocking, and judicious machine drying. I did get gauge in this yarn, and the finished bust measurement was actually a little smaller than that in the schematic for this size. I just chose the wrong size, plain and simple.
On my yarn substitution, Silky Wool is a nice yarn for this pattern. The lace panels really look great. But I would recommend knitting it to a smaller gauge -- I knit this to gauge for the pattern, but at a looser than recommended gauge for the yarn. The result is that the sweater is very, very drapey. Nice, but if you are looking for something fitted, as I was, you should probably choose a heavier yarn or do the maths necessary to convert the pattern.
EDITED TO ADD: I also meant to say that, while the pattern suggests blocking is optional, I felt it was essential, at least with this yarn. When I first took this off the needles, it looked like a dog's dinner. But a bath and a block seriously improved the evenness of the stitches and the hang of the sweater.
The one thing I don't like about the pattern is the neckline finishing. I don't love the way the purl ridges lie, and if I knit this sweater again, I might replace them with an attached i-cord edging.
Three pictures is a little much. But I really liked this one with the cool shoes.