Thursday, October 30, 2008

FO: Kochoran Scoop

This has been done for over a week, but temperatures here have yet to drop below 80 degrees, and it's been over 90 several days. It's tough to even bring myself to step outside, much less to do so while wearing a bulky wool sweater. This morning I got out early, so it was only uncomfortable, rather than sweltering.

The details:
Pattern: Mine. Top-down raglan in stockinette with deep scoop neck. Sleeves picked up and knitted down to the cuff. Waist shaping and 2x2 ribbing at neck, cuffs, and bottom.
Size: 34"
Yarn: 5 1/2 skeins Noro Kochoran. I love this yarn! I only wish I lived somewhere I could actually wear it.
Needles: Size 8 KnitPicks Options circulars.

The fabric did grow on blocking, exactly as I expected, even though I knitted at 16 stitches to 4 inches, which is pretty firm for this yarn. I did end up lengthening the body by about an inch before blocking, because I decided the bottom ribbing was too loose and ripped it to reknit on smaller needles. While I was there, I gave into my own sizing demons and added a little length. I am happy with how it turned out; I think I would have spent a lot of time tugging on the bottom if it were shorter. This is the only correction I had to make for the entire sweater, even though I was working without a pattern.

Thoughts: This turned out almost exactly the way I pictured it in my head. The only thing that's slightly different is the scoop neck, which I had pictured a little narrower. I am very pleased with the design; it is simple and shapely and was a pleasure to knit. I think it would look better on a curvier shape, but there is only so much I can do with needles and yarn!

16 comments:

CatBookMom said...

Great job! It fits you perfectly, and looks terrific on you. Maybe in December or January there will be a few days cool enough to be able to wear it. At least it's dropping into the 60s at night; makes for great sleeping.

Tracy said...

WOW that looks GREAT! The fit is perfect, the yarn is beautiful, and I think the scoop looks exactly right.

I'll send ya some cold, I can't bear thinking about that sweater languishing in a drawer!

crochetgurl said...

It's beautiful! I love the colors, and you did the waist shaping very well. I know what you mean by the heat in San Diego. I want it to go down so I can start wearing Opulent Raglan and Talia, and actually appreciate them. :-)

Andrea said...

Fabulous sweater! Looks great too.

Gail said...

It looks great! I love the colors. And hush about it being to warm... I hate the cold. Do you know if the knitting group is still meeting on Wed? I went this week and no one was there.

kmkat said...

That turned out great! Do you want to come visit? the temp here is currently 50℉, and there has been talk of snow.

5elementknitr said...

It's so pretty! Love those colors!

Patty said...

LOVE the sweater, Suzanne. I think you're amazing. All this knitting with very little opportunity to wear them (well, the heavier woolens anyway). I think the sweater looks gorgeous on you. Great job!

Suzanne said...

Its beautiful! You must have been sweating in that!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Fabulous comme toujours...

Angelika said...

You should be in my area, if you want to model it and not melt. We had freezing temps the last couple of mornings. Nice job on the sweater.

Karen said...

It's fabulous and looks really nice on you! I wish my waist was the same size as yours!

Mother of Chaos said...

Wow! That is an awesome FO! VERY flattering.

knitalot3 said...

Very pretty! Good job.

vanfox23 said...

this is very pretty. love the yarn!

Dr. Steph said...

Perfect fit. I love it. Amazingly it's too warm to wear it in Toronto right now. But you could come visit in January!