Pattern: Carbeth, tweaked to be 1, longer, B, with quasi fingerless gloves at the ends of the arms, and iii, a smaller turtleneck. I also added bust darts — German short rows FTW! — and raised the back neck a bit — ditto.
Yarn: Berroco Vintage DK doubled, colorway 2177 ‘Douglas Fir’.
Needles: KnitPicks Options US#10.5 circ.
From this project’s Ravelry page:
“I initially cast on 216 st, the number that my math told me I needed to go around my Hips of Substance™. That turned out to be way too big, so I frogged. Frogging was made mentally easier by the fact that the 1” of ribbing insisted on flipping up. When I cast on a smaller number of stitches, I did 3” of ribbing, which lay flat.
“I planned to make the sweater longer, since a cropped length would look silly on me, or at least I would feel silly in it, which is pretty much the same thing.
“The next mod was to add bust darts, something I have been wanting to try ever since I read about them back in 1700s. It required several tries and subsequent tinking/frogging to get them right, but once again double-stranded DK on US#10.5 needles meant that it went quickly.
“Knitting continued as I joined the arms and began the raglan decreases. After a few inches it became clear I had a problem: the sleeve stitches were going to be 100% decreased away long before I reached the neckline. Into time out went the sweater to consider its evil ways.
“1/15/2019 In my New Year’s effort to finish the various UFOs cluttering up my craft table and my head, I picked up the sweater again. Careful pattern reading and study of the photographs yielded the solution to my problem. In a not-easy-to-read paragraph, the pattern specifies that the knitter does all her decreases on the front and back and none on the sleeves. Duh (again; how many times have I had a problem because I didn’t RTFP?)
“2/5/2019 We were having the fun of a polar vortex here in n.w. Wisconsin when I finished this sweater, which caused me to give this puppy a modified turtleneck instead of the minimal crew neck I was planning. I love this sweater! I love it so much I wore it for four days straight during said vortex. I even slept in it for three of those nights. (Our bedroom is cold and I couldn’t face the thought of exposing bare skin, even for the short time it would take to don pjs.)
“I wore it for those four days with a long-sleeved t-shirt under it for extra warmth, but the turtleneck did not bother the sensitive skin of my neck — score! I look forward to wearing this for many years.
“It took me four months to knit this (with a seven-month time-out in the middle), which is a year and a half faster than I have ever knit a sweater. Knitting on US#10.5 needles goes really fast.”
Not a lot of reading went on during the past week. I did read Fox 8 by George Sanders, which took about 20 minutes. Moral: be nice to each other and preserve nature. I started The Good Mothers by Alex Perry a few nights ago. It is about the women of the Calabrian Mafia who helped a female prosecutor take on that [obscenely wealthy, cruel, and misogynist] crime syndicate [that controls 70% of the heroin and cocaine trade in Europe and brokers illegal arms deals, among other things] and was recommended by two women in my book group. It is fascinating.