3.14.2009

Forecast

Its finished and it fits! Kinda.


I like it. It fits much better than I thought it would but really I should have knit the 36" size rather than 32". Then it would button comfortably. I can button this thing with one button keeping it closed, but as for the rest. Forget about it. They are just sewn on for decoration.

But its not all that bad. I think that Forecast looks kind of cute as a fitted cardi.
I love the cable and bobble pattern. I find that it adds interest while not being too overwhelming.
One of the modifications I made was that I worked 3 st bobbles instead of 5 st. So the bobbles are smaller and not so uh.. bobbly.


I also made 3/4 length sleeves instead of the full sleeve. I thought the 3/4 length would suit the style more since I knew it would be on the small side.
The funny part is that this yarn, O-wool Classic, blocks out very well so my 3/4 sleeves grew to be full length after blocking. I kind of have to scrunch them up my arm a bit to get them to be 3/4 length again. I am so grateful for blocking. Aside from the sleeve issue, blocking did such wonders for this garment! Like a previous commenter brought out, "Blocking fixes everything!"
I ended up using only 4 skeins of O-wool Classic with yarn to spare making this a very economical knit. I also love how the O-wool feels after washing. It bloomed and softened wonderfully while still maintaining crisp stitch definition. This was a fun project and it went relatively fast.
And.. Its such a cool design! Where could I ever buy a sweater like this in this color?

That's the great thing about knitting.



22 comments:

Karina said...

lovely, lovely sweater!!!

Gingerbread said...

Wonderful work, nice detail you are a very neat worker. The colour is good, I know you say maybe you should have done the next size, I very rarely fasten mine, I think the fit still looks good on this size you have done. best wishes Julie.C

Kay-From the Back Yard said...

It's a very pretty sweater!

Julia said...

I love the colour!

scottishlamb said...

STUNNING!!!

emileeknits said...

Beautiful! I think it looks great as a fitted cardi, especially in such a vibrant color.

Pam said...

What a beautiful sweater. It might be smaller than you'd thought, or hoped, but it's not too small. It looks fantastic -- the color is great on you and all that texture! Congrats!

SweetDreams said...

I want one!!! Its absolutely, so very cool! The color is gorgeous! And I really like your modifications - less bobbly bobbles and 3/4 sleeves.

Ruth said...

I like it! It looks fabulous without being closed. Pretty color, too.

knitaholic said...

That color looks good on you. I would have never known it wasn't the right size. It looks like just the right fit. And the buttons complement it well. Looks great!

knittinwolf said...

It looks fabulous! Awesome job as always! hugs

Nicole said...

gorgeous sweater! i think it looks quite lovely unbuttoned!

The Litter Box House said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I am completely coveting your sweater.

I agree with you as to how difficult sizing can be. Every time I make something sizing is an issue...

Selkie on Ravelry

danceNknit said...

Oh wow! I love that colour on you! Good job.

Angie said...

Your sweater turned out beautifully! Love that color too. :)

Amanda R said...

I love your modifications and the smaller fit is an improvement on the original design in my opinion. I would never have considered this project looking at the original, but now I'm intrigued. I thank you for the inspiration while my husband says AARGH! MORE KNITTING! :) LOL!

Christina said...

It's beautiful! It never inspired me when I saw the original. You did a great job .... but now I might have to make one someday.

Poethead said...

A true work of art!

Faith said...

It looks great on you! I've never even given that sweater a second thought until now, but I'm starting to really like it... (well, and of course my Ravelry queue isn't nearly big enough, so...) :)

cici said...

It's beautiful. and Orange is my favorite color♥

huffmaster45 said...

I think your sweater is beautiful, I am going to make one myself with your modifications. I like it so much better than the picture on knitty.

savannagal said...

Wow, it's hard to believe your sweater started with the Knitty pattern. Yours looks so much better. I think the solid color you chose has something to do with it. I don't like the tweedy look of the one on Knitty. Yours fits much nicer too. You really are a talented gal.