Ok, so maybe I was a smidge overdramatic about the color and granny-square-ness of this sweater in my last post...
I actually think it turned out kinda cute.
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Cascade 220, 2 hanks of color 8894, ahem, "Christmas Green"
Needles: US 6 straight needles and circulars
Notions: 10 buttons bought for cheap at an antique store (I only had nine of the little ones so the top button is slightly larger)
Start to finish: May 4 - June 5, 2008
Notes: As I said in my last post, this minisweater is loosely based on something I saw in Anthropologie last month...but brighter. The stitch pattern is Roman Stripe (my favorite, due to its nod to the Classics -- whether or not the "Roman" in Roman Stripe actually refers to the ancient empire does not matter) and the shaping is very simple -- in fact, there is no shaping at all until the armscyes start. My idea was to make a little sweater that was less fitted than my usual knits, something to wear over the A-line-ish and flowy tops that I can't stop buying. The arm holes and sleeve caps are of the set-in variety. The little designing I have done has always involved raglan shaping, so I wanted to get some practice doing something else. Using Vogue Knitting as my guide, I planned the decreases very carefully, but I still think they turned out slightly boxy. Or that could just be from the overall boxiness of the sweater, which I'm not sure I'm in love with. Anyway, it was a good learning experience and my takeaway message is that I should make the shoulders narrower next time.
I want to thank you all for leaving such nice, encouraging comments after my last little indulgence in self-deprecation and for convincing me that I am not completely crazy. As Cyn pointed out in the comments, Christmas Green is not in and of itself an entirely tacky thing. A Christmas Green sweater does not necessarily spell cheesy unless, for example, worn with large, shiny, red Christmas ornament-style earrings. So I definitely won't do that. :)