All done

Post by Sarah
Thursday, July 6th, 2006

I finished the simple summer sweater on Tuesday.  Here I am modelling it:

Sarah modelling the simple summer sweater 

And here is a detail of the neckline edging:

simple summer sweater neckline edging 

Although this edging may look like crochet, it is not.  I’ll just be upfront right here and now and say that I avoid crochet whenever possible.  I don’t like it.  There, I’ve said it, and to heck with the consequences!  (I could go on, but I think we’ll just stop this topic right here.  Things might be said that I would later regret.)

I’m pretty pleased with this sweater.  It turned out almost exactly the way I was envisioning it (a rarity), and it fits very well, I think.  I designed this with negative ease, which was a bit scary for me, but I committed myself to trusting in the measurements, and all worked out in the end.  There are a couple of things I would change, one of them being the way the top-down sleeves are constructed, since I think they ended up just a bit too full.  I am thinking of actually writing this up as a pattern (with other sizes, too!) and offering it as a free pattern on the blog.  Anyone interested in that?

And now, on to other things.  My next project, is, as yet, just an emergent swatch:

brown Millefili Fine swatch 

and a rough sketch:

sketch for brown cotton sweater 

This yarn is Filatura Di Crosa Millefili Fine, 100% mercerized cotton, that I purchased from Elann some time ago.  In fact, this yarn has already had one life as a sweater that I wore many times and enjoyed, although it never fit quite the way I had wanted, or was as flattering as I feel it could have been.  So, a couple of months ago, I ripped the whole thing out, washed the yarn, and have had a few ideas simmering on the back burner for it.

Right now, as you can see from the sketch, I’m seeing this as a fitted, short-sleeved cardigan sweater, although not one that would have something else worn underneath.  The v-neck I would like to be deep enough to be a little sexy, but not so deep that undue cleavage is shown.  But, I’m still pondering the details.

(Upon reading over this post, I realize that I have made it sound as though I have only one project going at a time.  I would like to stress that this is not true.  In fact, I am one of those weak-minded persons who cannot resist casting on with whatever new or rediscovered yarn crooks its little finger at me.  Right off the top of my head I can think of three other projects I have going, and those are just the ones in the top layer.  It is also not uncommon for me to get 2/3 or even 3/4 of the way through something, only to decide that I no longer like it or it’s not worth the candle and rip the whole durn thing out.)

19 Responses to “All done”

  1. Ellen Says:

    I love the sketch for the new sweater *and* your finished one. I can’t speak for others, but I would love to have the pattern available on the blog. It’s a beautiful, yet simple and versatile, garment for summer.

    Great work!

  2. Kay Anne Says:

    That’s a lovely sweater! Great design, and I love the neckline.

    (here via ample-knitters, btw)

  3. Cheryl Says:

    Wonderful looking sweater and yes! to the pattern. I am also intrigued by the sketch for the new one.

  4. Diane Says:

    That’s a great finished sweater and an even better start on the next. Good job!

  5. Diana Says:

    Your sweater turned out beautifully and I’d LOVE to have the pattern. You did a great job.

  6. Lee Says:

    What a great sweater design. You did a marvelous job – I am so jealous. I for one, would love to have a copy of the pattern should you decide to write it up.

  7. Joyce Says:

    The finished sweater is wonderful. I would love to have the pattern if you ever write it up! I saw your post in the A-K group –I’m sure there are lots of us who would look good in that sweater.

  8. Becka Says:

    I read about your new pattern in the ample email….OMGOODNESS, I LOVE, LOVE it!! I would love to make it…it’s gorgeous! I’m loving your next pattern, too…the sketch is divine.

  9. Shelda Says:

    Good to see you in a sweater that fits *you*, Sarah! It’s truly lovely. Thanks for sharing the process. The blog is all great fun too.

  10. Julie Says:

    Hi, Sarah,
    Lovely sweater. I would love to make it for a 61 inch bust. I’m volunteering to test knit. Any chance?

  11. lorinda Says:

    You look totally gorgeous (although we can’t see your pretty face) in your sweater!!! Yes, please to the pattern. And I can’t wait to see your new project. The sketch looks great (I wish I could draw like that), and you have beautiful handwriting. And thanks for the advice about not trying to learn to spin with cashmere. A girl can wish, can’t she? Besides, I don’t have a spindle. (yet)

  12. Taphophile Says:

    Hi, saw your post on the Amples. Love the jumper (Australian for “sweater”) and would love it in my size, too (that’s a US 4X). I also hate cr****t so am intrigued by the neck detailing. Congratulations on the lovely top. :)

  13. Barbara Says:

    Your completed sweater is beautiful. Would love to have the pattern for a 57″ bust. Your sketch looks promising also.
    Arrived at your blog from AK.

  14. mary mcmahon Says:

    Hi, the sweater is wonderful…you would be doing the AK universe a very great favor by publishing this pattern. I especially like the edging that looks like crochet but isn’t. thanks, mary in cincinnati

  15. Josette Says:

    Love the white sweater. I agree all of us amples need Access to it. Great Job!!!!

  16. Knit Sisters » Blog Archive » Ta da! Sarah’s Simple Summer Sweater now available in bust sizes 34 to 48 Says:

    [...] Link also available under “Free Patterns” in the side bar. For more and larger pictures, click here. [...]

  17. Betsey Says:

    THANKYOU!!! I was just “thinking sweater” this AM, checked your link and there it was! Happy:I have a stash of deep rose Tiara that has languished for years. Found you via AK, so will wait (patiently?….well sorta) for the up sizing.
    Again, thanks & lagom
    Betsey in Maine

  18. Knit Sisters » Blog Archive » S4, now available in sizes 1X-5X Says:

    [...] A link to this range of sizes is also available under “Free Patterns” in the side bar. For more and larger pictures, click here. For all posts on this sweater and its evolution, click the category “S4, Sarah’s Simple Summer Sweater” in the sidebar. [...]

  19. Betsey Says:

    LOVE,LOVE!!!!!! Many thanks. And now let the wild rumpus begin.

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