There's something magical that happens when you block a sweater. The yarn becomes softer - the sleeves that you thought were too short end up being just right and the stitches just simply shine.
Pattern: Tangled Yoke from the Fall 2007 IK
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed, 7 balls
Needles: Size 5 and 4 circs
I know there are so many versions of this beautiful cardigan out there on the internets (about 320 listed in Ravelry!) and beyond so to add mine to the masses feels very unifying. Folded gently in my dresser is a sweater that lots of my other kindred knitty friends will have worked stitch by stitch as well. The pattern was very well written, although I did have some trouble with the initial body decreasing but just worked it out. Other than that small bump it was all smooth sailing.
This was the first sweater I have made where the sleeves were knitted in the round then attached to the main body. While normally I make my sleeves at the same time, I decided for this round to not mess with crazy magic loops and noticed that they did come out ever so slightly different. Again - the magic of blocking - a little tug here and smoosh there and we have perfectly matched sleeves.
I can't really express how happy I am with this cardigan. I also can't believe I made this in my busiest month ever! I guess I really don't know the speed of which I can knit? Who knew? I did a little bit every night and then had some nice eventless weekend days that made this go quicker. I did make a full comfortbale change to knitting continental so I'm guessing that helped with the speed. Sign me up for NaKniSweMo! ;-) If you notice though, I have yet to sew the buttons - I was a bit anxious to have good sunlight and a photoshoot. All that means is that there will be another photoshoot again soon!
I was also so impressed with that cabled yoke. I mean I know I could not at this point in my knitty experience think of the way that cable would twist and turn but wow what a beautiful and delicate embellishment!
Usually at this point I'm scheming my next knit but the beautifulness of this piece has made me want to just revel in it a bit more before I cast on again.
So I will revel...