Ah, here we go, a picture of the front, on the front of me. Much better. I used City Tweed in kitten (it really begged to be something cute) and loved it. If you're into tweedy, alpaca blends, this yarn is perfect for you. It doesn't highlight the stitch detail quite as much as the yarns used for the pattern samples, but it does push the fluffy, cozy sweater thing to the limit. I think I have some more in my stash for this sweater.
Key points for knitting this sweater were:
1) trust the pattern
and 2) spend some time getting comfortable with the different stitch patterns before turning on the tv. Remember when knitting was enough, in itself, and you didn't have to have podcasts, ipads, books, or netflix humming like a shrine to information all around you? Well, like that.
A note on the sleeves: See the stockinette wedges along the underarm of the sweater, above? That tripped me up at first. I thought I was misreading the pattern, but it is the designer's intention and repeated all the way up the arm. So, you'll be knitting the puff stitch, mistake rib, honeycomb, all up to the marker, then it's stockinette at the edge.
For the neckline I picked up a bit more than every other stitch- 43 in front and 35 in back. On the bottom band it was 124 and for each sleeve 28, I think. I used Jeny's Super Stretchy bind-off, as recommended by Sara on another sweater I'd like to try.
(mmm... is this the back on my back? Why, yes, it is.)
By the way, check out all of the finished projects for the Downton Abbey Knitalong on Luvinthemommyhood, be inspired, and have a happy Valentine's Day with people you love!
Previous posts on this sweater: the beginning, halfway point, and the seaming. More photos /info on my Ravelry and flickr.