Friday, March 09, 2007

The New Not-Ugly Sweater


Pattern
: Elizabeth Zimmermann's Seamless Raglan Sweater from Knitting Without Tears
Yarn: 5 skeins Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Pewter (Gray for Project Spectrum!)
Needles: Knit Picks Options circulars, size 10
Finished chest size: 37 inches

I apologize for the grainy photo. My camera is on its last legs (lens?).

As I mentioned in my last post, my goal here was a comfy, warm sweater that I can wear in public. I was telling PCR that I decided to skip any waist shaping. "After all," said I, "it's really supposed to be like a ..." (I am thinking sweatshirt.)

PCR jumped in. "Blankie?"

Well, yes, actually.

As you can see, I also skipped shaping the back of the neck, because I like boatnecks. And the three-quarter length sleeves? Yeah, I absolutely meant to do that. Ahem. (I swear I measured them against a sweater that fits. ) Fortunately, the shorter sleeve is more functional for me anyhow. The bottom, cuffs and neckline are 1x1 twisted rib. I have decided that I will never again do an untwisted 1x1 rib, as this looks So Much Better. Jennie and I were apparently coming to this same conclusion at about the same time.

I like the Wool of the Andes Bulky. I would call it "chunky" rather than "bulky." It's soft and warm, and it knit up quickly while still making a nice looking garment. I bet it would be fantastic for felting.

And now, I will leave you with a little preview of My Precious.

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29 Comments:

Blogger Liz K. said...

Far from not-ugly. In fact, it is great! I am also learning to love the twisted rib too. My ribs look so much less like I knit them drunk.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Ramona said...

It looks so comfortable and I love the pewter color.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

It looks so comfy! Very nice. I like the idea of having a sweater that's like a blankie.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Kaitie Tee said...

I like it!

Great entrelac - perfect colors for spring.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

The sweater looks great! It seemed like you knit that up in no time. Must be nice to not have to study at all hours of the day!

11:31 AM  
Blogger knitography said...

That looks like a very cosy sweater! I just got Knitting without Tears the other day, so I may have to make one of these myself. Everyone needs a cozy sweater after all. I love how you can personalize it.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Kellie said...

Looks great! I'm just discovering the joys of twisted rib myself - it's addicting! Can't wait to see the full reveal of "your precious." :)

11:40 AM  
Blogger Dr. B. said...

Well, well Cozelle. Looky there!

That does look like a super-cozy sweater to be worn every second of every day. Nice one!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Fru_Gal said...

The sweater looks great. I also love boat necks. And the sneak preview of precious - what can I say but "ooooooooooh."

1:02 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Looks like a totally comfy sweater, Laura. Pretty color too.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

Love the sweater. I got to buy that book - Knitting Without Tears!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Very cute! I love a good comfy sweater.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

A wearable blankie -- what a great idea! The new sweater looks functional and attractive as well as cozy. Enjoy it!

6:50 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Great sweater! :)

8:26 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

A vast improvement - very nice!

11:06 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Is Precious Eunny's Entrelac knee highs from Interweave Knits? :)

11:12 PM  
Blogger pcr said...

Your new blankie looks fantastic! In fact, I will have to refrain from calling it your "blankie" because it's beautiful and looks great on you.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Very nice comfy sweater. I love a practical sweater!

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Expat knits said...

Love the sweater! I would have totally believed that the three-quarter sleeves were intentional. I always pull up my sleeves, and therefore make three-quarter sleeves on everything.

11:58 AM  
Blogger knittingphilistine said...

Love it! There's nothing better for clothes to be likened to than a blankie. And there's nothing I love wearing more than blankies. Anything to extend the feeling of being all snuggled tight in one's bed. Nothing better than that.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Looks great and VERY werable!

Can't wait to see more of your entrelac, it's beautiful!

12:07 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

It looks great!!!!

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

Looks great, Laura! Comfy, not just a 'blankie' tossed on at all. Of course, having something that comforts like a blankie is never bad.

9:03 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Wow, looks gorgeous! Thanks for reminding me about this pattern, I have the yarn and everything...

9:12 PM  
Blogger vera said...

i think it looks fabulous. i had a sweater like that that i wore til it feel apart, it was so comfortable.
lovely entrelac too!

11:15 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

Great sweater - it looks so comfy!

2:19 PM  
Blogger ali said...

I love it, and you're right, it is definitely NOT ugly! Looks scrumptiously comfy, like I need to knit one too!
ali
www.skeinsherway.com

6:17 PM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

Not ugly at all! It looks very comphy and warm - great allpurpose color, too!

4:49 PM  
Blogger Terby said...

That's the kind of sweater everyone needs. Looks very comfortable and very nice too!

12:08 PM  

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