Until about a month ago, all I’d knit for this project was the two-inch strip of seed stitch at the bottom hem. But then I got my knitting mojo back, finished this about two weeks ago, and now I have a sweater that’s perfect for a San Diego “fall”!
Pattern: Arm Candy by Amy Herzog
Yarn: Brown Sheep Serendipity Tweed in Indigo Delphinium
Needles: US5 / 3.75mm Clover bamboo circulars
I probably didn’t need to buy the pattern for this because I tweaked it so much, I might as well have just written my own pattern. But then, I used Amy’s fantastic Fit to Flatter series to help me out, and I didn’t pay for that, so… I guess it evens out!
As usual, I didn’t like my chosen yarn at the gauge called for by the pattern. And of course, none of the pattern’s sizes would have fit me correctly – the size that would’ve fit my bust would’ve given me too much ease in the waist, I need to do my increases/decreases more rapidly because I’m so short, and so on. So, I recalculated all the numbers to (mostly) work for me.
I probably should have placed the bust darts a little lower, and started the waist decreases about halfway through the seed stitch hem, instead of knitting one inch past the hem and then starting the shaping. I’m still pretty happy with it though. Looks much better with jeans than it does with the skirt I’m wearing in these photos, too. (I guess I should’ve donned jeans for this shoot since this sweater’s meant to be worn with them anyway, but it was too stinking hot for pants at the time!)
I kind of adore the buttons on the sleeves. I like flowers, or rather, representations of them. (Real-life ones, not so much. Thanks, allergies!) And I love the color orange. Yay fun buttons!
As a bonus, this was a stashbusting project for me. I’ve had the Serendipity Tweed for several years – if you’ve known me for awhile, you may recognize it from my failed attempt at a second Tubey. The yarn held up nicely after being frogged and reknit. I’m glad I could finally put it to good use!