Meet the 2nd FO of 2011! This sweater is a dream to make and looks pretty good, if I do say so myself. It still needs blocking, but I wanted to get some pictures of it anyway.
The yarn is Plymouth Tweed, an aran weight wool. I scored 11 skeins of this woolly goodness for just $2/skein at the 2008 Sidewalk Sale. The sweater only took 7. Seriously. Under 800 yards for a crocheted sweater! And I even added length to the sleeves and body. (Full details of the sweater, with notes on my modifications, can be found on Ravelry here.)
The pattern is from Everyday Crochet by Doris Chan. Special thanks to Liisa for turning me onto this book. Doris’ method of top down, seamless construction is very fun and uses up less yarn than a normal crocheted sweater. The shells make it go fast, so this lovely only took me three days. No, really. Three days!
A good blocking will open the shells up further and help the drape in the front. The wool is a little scratchier than some I’ve used, so it’s not a close-to-the-skin kind of sweater. Although, I can definitely see this as a layering piece for a cool spring/summer evening.
And I’d like to end this post with a Public Service Announcement. If you ask your husband to take your sweater shots, you will inevitably get a picture like this. I’ve come to accept that.
(At least the butt shot shoes off the edging detail nicely. Yeah… That’s it…)