Originally, I had bought this yarn for Sylvi, a big cabled coat. I started it, but it was on hold for years. In the end, I decided to frog it and use the yarn for other things. I usually think of sweaters first when I have an abundance of yarn.
I wanted a cozy, easy house sweater. This is an easy and straight forward pattern. It’s a top-down raglan with pockets. I even made it one size larger so it can have positive ease so I can easily throw it over anything in the cold months.
Unfortunately, this finished object ended up shrinking when I blocked it. The arms ended up tighter than I would have liked. Worse of all, this yarn is surprisingly itchy. I like lopi and other rough wools, but this wool is itchier in another way. The pattern is fine but I wish the pockets were much bigger. As written, they are small.
I don’t hate this sweater and it is thick and warm. I just don’t think I’ll reach for it like some of the other sweaters I have around the home. I really did learn that I have to love a yarn before making it into a sweater.
Agnes, started Janaury 1, 2020, finished April 15, 2020. (Ravelry)
Pattern: Agnes by Melissa LaBarre (Ravelry)
Yarn: Berroco Peruvia Quick (100% Wool, 94 meters / 100 grams) – Bing Cheery – 5 skeins
Needles: US 9 – 5.5 mm and 7.0 mm
Measurements (Pre Blocked):
Body from underarm: 15”/39cm
Bust: 34”/ (17”/43.5cm x 2)
Body from underarm: 15.25”/40cm
Modifications & Notes:
- Circular gauge 7.0mm 12sts and about 16-17 rnds
- German Twisted CO
- Paired lifted Cat Bordhi increases
- Slipped the first stitch when doing back and forth for pocket openings
- Pocket opening about 4.5”
- Icelandic Bind Off
- Pockets used 5.5mm and Cascade Eco+ “Lake Chelan”
- Made pockets 0.5” longer in depth but this was not enough. Would recommend 1-1.5” if you like big pockets (which I do and should have made bigger)
- Modified three needle bind off
- The yarn is quite prickly and I say this as someone who likes a lot of rough yarns. I think I’ll make a blanket out of the rest of this rather than any other garments.
Lessons Learned: Hmm. I have not really made a pocket this way, but I believe I have done three modified three needle bind off and icelandic bind off before.
Would I knit it again? No