Thursday, March 20

Finally Finished Forecast (well, almost)

Last fall I fell in love with a sweater. It was one of those things where you see a photo and have to cast on immediately. And so I ran out, bought the yarn (the last 4 skeins of Cascade 200 in that dye lot) and began knitting. Today I sewed on the last button and tried it on. I love it. So much that I don't want to take it off. But... yes, of course there's a but...it's too small. I really should learn from these mistakes... I might have gotten gauge, but I've been suspicious about the size since I cast on. It's actually rather comfortable (if not roomy). The main problem is that the sleeves are too short, as is the bottom of the sweater. I have a little yarn left, and I've decided that I'm going to use it to lengthen the bottom of the sweater. (Luckily it's knit from the top down, so pulling out the bottom edge won't be too tricky).

My hostess has suggested that I give it to someone smaller than me. I'm not sure she realizes how rarely I knit myself a sweater, and that it has taken me 5 months to make myself finish it. (The knitting itself was rather quick, I just got really distracted along the way.)
But for all intents and purposes, I think it's done. And I'm proud of it.

Pattern: Forecast, by Stephanie Japel, published in Knitty.
Modifications: I just did ribbing on the wrist and bottom edges, and I started the ribbing earlier in each case. Bobbles were 3 stitch bobbles instead of 5 stich ones.
Yarn: Cascade 220, 4 skeins. Bought from Downtown Yarns, NYC
Buttons: from a store in Hamburg, Germany (looks like I might need to get a few extra before I return to the States)

Started: October 2007
Completed (not counting my future extension of the bottom): March 2008

4 comments:

Terra said...

That is absolutely gorgeous and you must wear it every day until it is too warm. Short sleeves and length are in style, don't you know?

Anonymous said...

That is one stunning sweater! It looks great on you.
Mom

Juls said...

Wow. No wonder you love it! I am so jealous! I wish I could make such beautiful things!

Sarah said...

Fantastic forecast! I think you could go either way on the body and sleeve length. It would look great as is or slightly longer. I really don't think you can lose on this one!