Pattern: BPT by Rebecca Hatcher, from Knitty
Yarn: Malabrigo worsted in “Azul Profundo”, 5 skeins
Needles: Denise US 7
Finished: December 29, 2005
Yay! Finally done and it feels so good! I put in the zipper today, and it wasn’t too bad although it isn’t perfect – there’s a bit of a ripple, and sort of a point at the bottom. I think it’s fine though, and I usually wear my sweaters half done up, so you can’t really see anything wrong.
The yarn, Malabrigo, is gorgeous. Although it did have a vinegar-y smell initially, it went away with washing – and I’m no stranger to vinegar, since I use it all the time in dyeing. I alternated skeins, which was a pain but worth it – no strange pools or blobs anywhere. I know the yarn isn’t going to hold up too well, but I’ll get me a sweater shaver. It’s soooo soft and warm.
Oh, and – I obviously didn’t do the hood, as I don’t really like hoods and didn’t have enough yarn anyway. Actually, I didn’t do anything for the neck – it’s just the cast on edge! Looks fine, so that’s the way it’s staying!
I’ve got another FO, too – the blue sky bulky from my previous post has become a nice cushy scarf for me.
I used 2 skeins of brown with US 17 needles, 8 stitches in 1×1 rib. It’s long enough to wrap around twice. I probably knit and ripped this thing about 5 times, because I just couldn’t get the right combination of needles, number, and stitch pattern! However, since the yarn is so very bulky, it always worked back up in no time at all.
On the demise of the retro ribs: it just was doing it for me. I think it was a little too much work for not a lot of payoff – the pattern just wasn’t popping the way I wanted, and I hated all that ktbl and purling, really. Ah well. I’m thinking maybe the Friday Harbour socks (from Knitting on the Road) for that yarn.
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