Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Newest Sweater

 Torgeir by Elsebeth Lavold
Book One: The Viking Knits Collection
Simply Shetland Silk & Lambswool, 8 skeins in Moniak
Addi Turbo, US 3 (3.25mm) and 4 (3.5mm) 24 inch circulars
October 26 - December 26, 2016
As you know, I'm a lucky knitter because my husband LOVES his handknit sweaters.  He gets a new one every other year for Christmas, he wears them frequently, and he always looks forward to getting a new sweater.

Two years ago I made Sean a traditional fair isle sweater, which was quite the undertaking.  I love that sweater, but it took a long time to make, and it was quite pricey.  SO, I decided to focus on something simple in 2016, and to try to use yarn that was already in my stash.  

Elsebeth Lavold's pattern was perfect for this...quick to knit, designed for lighter weight yarn, with just enough detail to make it interesting.  The yarn...well that was sale yarn that I picked up for dirt cheap years ago.  I only wish that this sweater had eaten up more of it!  (I have six skeins left.)

Truth time.  Sean loves it, I'm not crazy about it.  Torgeir is a very basic drop shoulder pattern - which means, as I knew it would, that there's a bunch of extra fabric in the underarm.  It also grew way more when being blocked than I expected it to.  It looks a lot better on Sean than I thought it would...but I'm kicking myself for not altering the pattern more for a better, more sophisticated fit.

But the husband is happy, and that's what matters! 


1 comment:

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

SIMPLE??? Wow...and it's gorgeous. I'm so glad he likes it!