Thursday, September 27, 2007

Res Completa: Arisaig

Finally, I have knit and finished the first sweater pattern that caught my eye and, one might argue, inspired me to really learn how to knit.

Pattern: Arisaig, by Ysolda Teague for Knitty
Yarn: Jaeger Matchmaker Merino 4-ply, 6 skeins of Dewberry
Needles: US 1 vintage aluminum straight needles for the ribbing; US 2 Susan Bates long-ish circular needles for the rest (Note: the pointy tips on those things were perfect for the lace pattern).
Notions: Four hook/eye sets
Size: XS
Start to Finish: August 9 - September 11, 2007

Modifications: I only made one modification to this amazing pattern. Because I have skinny wrists, I wanted the sleeves to be slightly tighter at the bottom, but the same size as the pattern called for at the elbow. So, I cast on 6 fewer stitches than instructed and changed the rate of increases (more info here). I also didn't need quite as much neck edging/side tie as was called for. I knit and held it up to the sweater as I went along and stopped when it looked right. I think I ended up with about 6 feet instead of 7. Also, after much deliberation, I decided to make a monochrome Arisaig rather than one with contrasting edging/ties. I just could not find a coordinating color that I liked.

Notes: I love this sweater SO. MUCH. I was worried at first that it would be extremely small, but some wet-blocking fixed that right up. The design is beautiful and very flattering and it is maybe the most wearable item I have knit to date (besides, you know, simple scarves).

I love the finished project, and I loved working this well-designed pattern. The increases and decreases on the body pieces seemed to be timed exactly with the lace pattern repeats, so I never really had to keep track of how many rows I had knit. I just knew where shaping would occur by which part of the pattern I was on. That was very cool.

Not so cool was the huge knot in my neck I got from the intense concentration I put into seaming this thing. I could tell right away that if I did a sloppy job sewing the neck edging to the garment, it was going to look horrible. So I sat there for a couple of hours squinting down at my work, deeply concentrating and not realizing that I was holding my head in the same exact awkward position the entire time. My mom called it a sports injury and thought that was pretty funny since I had done it to myself while knitting.

The yarn was nice to work with -- soft and squishy and not splitty. However, it's surprisingly itchy against the skin. Not too bad, though.

I'm not sure what else to say about Arisaig. I thoroughly enjoyed making this sweater and am absolutely in love with the finished product!


Anonymous said...

Hilary, it looks really beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a beautiful sweater, Hilary!

Cyn said...

That is GORGEOUS. Grr, I keep wanting to make one of those, then tell myself I'd get bored of it before the end, and forget about it. And now yours is making me want to make one again. Aaaaaaah!

Anonymous said...

Oh that it beautiful on you - what a wonderful job! The fit and color is fantastic!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

That is simply stunning! I have always liked her designs and it's nice to see them being worked up. Enjoy.

Teresa said...

Hi Hilary.

You should be a model! Beautiful sweater!