This might be my favorite sweater. Like, ever.
Pattern: Audrey in Unst, by Gudrun Johnston for Twist Collective
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport, 4 skeins of Scarlet
Needles: US 3, 4, and 5 circs
Start to Finish: August 27 - September 18, 2009
Mods: This isn't really a mod per se, but I had a very hard time getting row gauge with this yarn (way too few rows per 4 inches) so ended up having to make a few little tweaks. I'll be honest, I was a little worried about knitting lace and top-down, set-in sleeves in the wrong row gauge, but after swatching a bazillion times and coming up short, I just went with the needles that got me stitch gauge and figured I'd deal with any potential problems as I got to them. So daring, I know.
For the body up to the armpits, this wasn't really an issue. For the bits with no shaping, I just calculated the length (instructions were given in rows, not inches) and worked to that measurement. When the waist shaping came into play, I figured some extra length would be ok, so I just worked the number of rows called for. It got a little trickier after the armpits, so I kept a very close eye on the length of the piece and omitted rows as necessary, including two repeats of the lace bib pattern. Somehow, it all ended up ok. Phew!
Notes: Firstly, I love the design of this sweater. Upon first laying eyes on it when the Fall Twist Collective came out, I immediately determined that I wanted one in every color. It's such a classic, wearable style (would go well with jeans, skirts, dresses...jumpsuits...satin harem pants...I can't really think of a type of outfit that this wouldn't work with), and the twisted ribbing and lace bib add that little extra oomph to the classic shape and also makes for some fun knitting.
Not only that, but I learned a great deal knitting Audrey, too. Having only ever read about the elusive top-down, set-in sleeve, I was thrilled to experience one in the wild. And applied i-cord edging? Fabulous. Why have I never done an applied i-cord edging before??
Love. Love, love, love. What color should I do next?