This sweater was a learning experience. I set out to learn stranded knitting and steeking, and of course, I could've chosen a smaller, simpler project, but this pattern has had be bewitched since I first saw it. Of course, even though I bought the pattern, I lived in fear of it for a couple of years before I finally decided to take the plunge and buy the yarn.
I decided to knit it with Knit Picks Chroma, which is a fingering weight, single-ply color-changing yarn. (Well, "Bare" is not color-changing - it's just plain white.) The colorway I chose for the bird/leaves motifs is called Regency, which as you can see transitions between gray, magenta, and purple - all colors that I love. I was too chicken to try a brighter colorway, so I picked one that was safely within my comfort zone :)
The knitting part took forever - it was months before I finally finished even the beaded ribbing portion of the body, and then getting started on the color motif took a while because I was several rows through before I realized I had the wrong stitch count and had to rip it all back. Ugh. (And then, of course, I kept putting it off to work on other things.)
Most of the rest of it came together within the last couple of months - the sleeves knit up quickly, and I finally joined them with the rest of the body a couple weeks ago. And these past two weeks alone I've been really absorbed in finishing up the rest of the knitting portion so I could get to the whole point of this project - cutting the steek!
Of course, as anyone can tell you, cutting open your knitting means unraveling! And I think only the fuzziest of wools might stick together well enough not to require reinforcement, which Chroma is not, as evidenced by how little trouble I had ripping it back. So I decided to go with a crochet reinforcement, using Eunny Jang's tutorial to help me.
|Close-up on the reinforced steek & center line that will be cut|
|First cut, oh my god.|
|OH MY GOD|
|Seamed up the shoulders|
|Buttons sewn, edging added|