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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Be My Valentine

Better late than never ;) February's endeavour for the Sweater-a-Month KAL is finally complete. I ground to a halt when I ran out of yarn and decided to put it to one side before I thought too seriously about frogging it and re-knitting it a size smaller. As it turns out, the extra ease I'd chosen to make it with was just right and fortunately I managed to get an extra ball on Ebay which miraculously was the same dye lot. The break inbetween gave me a fresh look at the design so I ripped it back a few inches from where I'd abandoned it to try something different for the arm shaping and finally got to do the long awaited yoke.

It's in Patons Crystal, which is a multi-strand construction made of 100% microfibre. It has really good stitch definition, but is very splitty. It's my own design but I took the heart stitch pattern from a vintage baby book and used it in bands as I didn't want to overdo it or be flashing too much skin. I went for 3/4 length sleeves partly because I was wary of the amount of yarn I had and partly because even when I knit them full length I always seem to push or roll them up.

I think I could have done with putting the middle lace section a little higher. Although it doesn't look like it here, it's on the same level with the ones on the sleeves and I would have liked it where they appear to be in the photos. That said though, I really like this and am very pleased with how it turned out... eventually.

42 Comments:

At 7:40 pm, Blogger Trillian42 said...

That's lovely! Very flattering, and a great color, too.

Any chance you are planning to write that one up? :D

 
At 7:43 pm, Blogger amanda said...

it's gorgeous! I love it!! Congrats on creating such a great design.

 
At 8:02 pm, Blogger Queen Frogger said...

What a lovely sweater, gorgeous colour!

 
At 8:23 pm, Blogger Seahorse said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! 10/10!!!

 
At 8:35 pm, Blogger Sarah said...

You are just a finishing machine! It came out great and how lucky are you to have found that extra ball of yarn! How often does THAT happen?

 
At 8:55 pm, Blogger Daisy said...

Oh wow, it's lovely! It looks fantastic!

 
At 9:16 pm, Anonymous Sue said...

Lovely! Wish I was half as clever as you...

 
At 9:50 pm, Blogger Veronique said...

Ooh, I like it! It's lacy but not too fussy. Girly without going overboard!

 
At 12:07 am, Blogger cpurl17 said...

Another amazing and lovely sweater. It's so flattering on you!!

 
At 12:44 am, Blogger Bezzie said...

Oh wow, you came up with that one? Yup. I could see myself knitting that. Freaking beautiful!

 
At 1:23 am, Blogger Pam said...

That's beautiful! You did a great job.

 
At 1:34 am, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Beautiful! It looks fantastic on you, and it's such a cool design.

 
At 2:22 am, Anonymous Knittypants said...

Pretty! You have such talent. The hearts are just right, a little lacy but not too revealing.

 
At 2:35 am, Blogger Charity said...

Beautiful, Rain! You did a great job of this. :0)

 
At 3:06 am, Blogger Agnes said...

Lovely! It just amazes me to no end that some of you can really reach the goal of a sweater a month! Unbelievable!

 
At 4:59 am, Blogger Carol said...

Gorgeous.....

 
At 5:12 am, Blogger Zonda said...

So glad you found the other ball you needed!!

It's beautiful and looks wonderful on you! :)

 
At 5:28 am, Blogger Octopus Knits said...

Very pretty! The neckline is really flattering.

 
At 9:17 am, Blogger nanatoo said...

That is so flattering, I love it Rain! Colour's good on you.

 
At 11:24 am, Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

Beautiful! I love the bands of hearts, and the color is just stunning. Congrats on finishing another winner!

 
At 11:31 am, Blogger Piglottie said...

Lovely jumpber, and you getting through them quickly atm! I prefer 3/4 sleeves as well, not only as I always push them up but I think somehow they are more flattering.

 
At 4:06 pm, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

I think it looks great! I like that the pattern sits right above your hips. Not that you need it, but it is a cool slimming effect.

 
At 4:30 pm, Blogger Batty said...

Oh, it's lovely! The fit is extremely flattering on you, and I'm not just saying that to be polite. Sexy without being slutty... are you going to write that up?

 
At 6:41 pm, Blogger Peg-woolinmysoup said...

Beautiful 'Valentine's' sweater, Rain! You are away ahead of things for Feb. '08! You are really working on a Sweater A Month! Good for you! See, all positive comments - both of us don't need to deal with 'snarks'!

 
At 8:54 pm, Blogger Melissa said...

ooohhhhh.... I love it. Very pretty and the lace design is pretty.

 
At 9:47 pm, Anonymous Dina said...

I wondered when we'd get to see the rest of it! It's beautiful and looks great on you!

 
At 2:21 am, Blogger HPNY Knits said...

very very cool! and goes with project spectrum!
http://www.flickr.com/groups/project_spectrum/

 
At 3:00 am, Blogger Shelley said...

What a gorgeous sweater! You did an awesome job on it, and it looks fabulous on you as well!

 
At 10:52 am, Blogger Sarah said...

Very lovely; the bands of lace
are great.

 
At 1:38 pm, Blogger Badger said...

That's a wonderfully flattering fit, it looks great on you :)

 
At 6:43 pm, Blogger Artis-Anne said...

Oh that is stunning and looks fab on you & I love the colour

 
At 10:19 pm, Blogger Ling said...

Lovely design and the colour looks great on you! You seem to have a finished garment every week - how do you do it!!

 
At 3:07 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Wow, it turned out beautifully. You could sell that design for sure!

 
At 7:43 pm, Blogger Kimberly said...

OH how cute are you!! That sweater looks wonderful on you too. Great job!

 
At 2:37 pm, Blogger KnitPastis said...

It's gorgeous! Fantastic brillant design!

 
At 3:42 am, Anonymous Kelly said...

Love the sweater Rain and the way you made the sleeves tighter!

 
At 8:40 am, Blogger Becky said...

Beautiful sweater! It looks great on you. Glad you managed to get another ball of yarn -- and the same dye lot!

 
At 11:30 pm, Blogger Tusa said...

Nice one! That is gorgeous.

 
At 5:41 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said...

I love that Valentine. Such a pretty pattern and it looks gorgeous on you. Fits perfectly, too!

 
At 7:19 pm, Blogger knitfriendly said...

Beautiful job.

 
At 2:08 pm, Blogger acrylik said...

Wow, Rain, what a stunning jumper. I love it, and it looks perfect on you. Beautiful!

 
At 12:37 pm, Anonymous Rachel said...

I can't believe that each of your last three posts features a finished adult sweater. I am bitterly jealous. All three look wonderful, though -- you must be hoping for some cold weather!

 

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