I don’t know why but right before Christmas I always seem to want a new green sweater. Last year I didn’t because I had my Angelina pullover, but this year I was itching to cast on something and not finish one of my 4 WIPs. So I finally decided to use this Ella Rae Chunky Merino Superwash I bought years ago on my birthday at Fibre Space in their clearance sale (and it’s on closeout in that link on yarn.com in some great Christmas colors) and I paired it with a pattern that has been in my queue for way too long, the Gabrielle Pullover.
The pattern called for an aran weight yarn but I knew a bulky would work. I used size 13 needles and decided to knit the smallest size. The smallest size is for a 51 bust and I don’t love super oversized sweaters on my frame because they make me look heavier so I wanted to make the smallest size and I was right. Anything bigger would’ve been falling off my shoulders and swallowed me up. Not a cute look.
I think something about the shale pattern down the front made me think of garland, so maybe that’s why I thought this was a holiday worthy knit. Or maybe it was just because I knew with a bulky knit I could knock this out pretty quickly. Either way, I’m happy I made it.
The only thing I don’t love is how wide the neckline is but I’ve got enough leftover yarn if I want to tighten it up I can but I love the look of the cabled cast-on at the neckline and don’t want to ruin that. We shall see how I feel about it after a few wears. But I love how this is just a casual pull on sweater with a bit of interest down the front. The construction was also easy. You knit the front panel, pick up stitches at the shoulder and knit the back, then seam the sides. And then you pick up stitches for the arms. If you like a drop shoulder sweater, this is a fun one to make. My only modification was to the sleeves because I always prefer a fitted sleeve and I wanted to just do a garter stitch cuff to match the hem instead of ribbing.
Because I knit it on size 13 needles, this was only a 48 hour knit. I polished this off knitting in the evenings in 2 days! You can’t beat that. So has anyone else knit sweaters specifically for the holiday? Or is it just me?