Sometimes I surprise myself with how much knitting I can get done when I’m focused. So far in 2016 I’ve been really focused. So far I’ve finished 4 adult sweaters, 1 toddler sweater, a hat and a baby blanket (that has yet to be delivered because I swear the US Postal Service has it out to get me). I’m almost finished with a another cardigan too, I’ve just got the second sleeve left – I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Didn’t I tell you sweaters are my thing? LOL And currently stash busting is also my thing. I decided I’d use up my stash and do some fun color blocking with my last sweater because if I don’t whittle the stash down I can’t buy more yarn.
This is my Lesley sweater, it’s from the Home and Away collection by Hannah Fettig. You might remember my Boothbay from this collection as well, I really love a lot of the patterns in this collection. I’m using the Mighty Stitch yarn from Knit Picks that I originally used on my Garter Raglan back in December. I really love the color of this green and thought it would pair nicely with this vivid blue. Bright green and blue are a favorite color combo of mine. Honestly, I just love color. I’m feeling happier with my knitting so I think I’m reflecting that in my yarn color choices too.
And then I decided to switch it up and to contrast the color block on the sleeves. Instead of just blending in with white sleeves and the white body all the way across I thought it would pop more with green sleeves. I love how it turned out in the end. What I don’t love is when you realize you’ve made a mistake AFTER you’ve blocked it and were putting it on to take a picture.
You see this? It’s a lovely dropped stitch in my sleeve. I knew I was one stitch off when I got to the cuff but couldn’t see it when I was knitting so I thought I just miscounted. Nope. But my friend Lavon pointed out that this is a common thing and she even showed me pictures on Ravelry of designers sweaters with a dropped sleeve stitch. But in reality, that’s how you know it’s handmade – it isn’t perfect. Aside from the dropped stitch this is such a warm and cute piece. I do feel like this is the second Hannah Fettig pattern where I should have done a stretchier bind-off for the ribbing though, so I will need to keep that in mind in the future. But this one isn’t so tight it isn’t wearable, I just think I’d like a bit more give at my hips. And since it’s an acrylic blend yarn, it’s not super hot. This is going to be a nice transitional piece during this weird winter into spring. So tell me, what’s currently on your needles?