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Arm Candy

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!

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Swatching away

I used to be really lax about swatching. This is largely because I mostly knit shawls and socks for awhile, and gauge isn’t as critical for those. Okay, it kind of is for socks, sometimes. But shawls? Just find what you like and go with it.

You know what finally convinced me to start doing decent swatches? Realizing that no matter what, I will always have to either modify existing sweater patterns or make up my own altogether. And having a good idea of gauge is really important for the number crunching.

Why do I always have to modify things? My size, for one thing. The other is that I pretty much never use the yarn called for in the pattern, and don’t usually like my chosen yarn at the pattern’s gauge. Luckily, the required calculating doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, I rather enjoy it most of the time, but then, I’m a bit of a nerd.

The pictured swatches are for two things. The blue swatches are in Brown Sheep Serendipity Tweed (which you may recognize from my attempt at a second Tubey). I’m planning to turn this yarn into some sort of short-sleeved pullover.

The beige swatches are in Classic Elite Allegoro, and are for a project that I started last week:

This is the start of Lizette, from the most recent Twist Collective. Mine will be quite a bit shorter, for obvious reasons, and I’ve also rewritten some of the shaping to better fit me. So far, so good!

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