This knit shouldn't have worked. I didn't get gauge, didn't wash my swatch, used a lighter weight yarn than required, knit a larger size to compensate for it, and hoped for the best. There should have been way more frogging and frustration. I'm so glad it went smoothly. Keep in mind I did rip it back twice and puzzled over it a bit, but a certain amount of that is expected on a modified pattern.
Speaking of modifications:
My gauge was 5 sts/ 6 rows per square inch instead of the 3 1/2 sts/ 5 rows. Thankfully, using the directions for a size 38" worked well to give me more of a 36".
I did knit one extra increase round before the sleeve division and added some length because the Reverie just seemed to spring up higher and higher as I knit. Once it was blocked, the garter did relax quite a bit.
I discussed my garter front modification and the inspiration for it in a previous post, so I won't get into it here. Besides, I was really winging it.
I've also posted, here, about how I picked up a bit more stitches on the sides of the front neckline and in the back than instructed and still had to block it out for the slouchy look I was going for. It may stretch out more with wear, which is fine with me.
I used several cords clicked together on my Denise needles to magic loop the sleeves. It worked, but isn't as easy as magic loop with thin cords. It made some of the stitches a little wonky.
Check out the asymmetric hem. I've wanted to do that with a sweater for the longest.
This was all about winter comfort. Though the garter stitch isn't as defined in this alpaca blend, it is the definition of coziness, so I am pleased with it. Up next is finishing Agnes (also for the SSKAL), then I'm not sure. Maybe socks?
Get ready for excessive linkage:
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