Because I love a good pretentiously named sweater
I finished my first sweater of 2013 last night at 11, so technically just barely finished in January. That means I'm still on schedule for 12 sweaters in 12 months. Of course I started it mid-December but whatever.
I'm wearing a black camisole underneath (because I always wear a camisole underneath everything) so that lace is not part of the sweater.
The stitch pattern is lifted from Eunny Jang's Endpaper Mitts.... so you've seen it before. It's a very simple stitch pattern so it was easy to sweaterize. I worked it from the bottom up because I am perpetually indecisive. This way I didn't have to decide on neckline shape or raglan versus set in sleeves until most of the sweater was knit.
I worked faux seams along the sides of the body, running along the underside of the arm, and then up along the raglan seams. I love using a raglan seam as a design element with a bold line or cable. Plus the "seam" helps hide the jog when you change rows. All cast ons and bind offs are of the tubular sort, worked over 2x2 rib. I swear one day I'll get a tutorial up for that.
I'm an idiot and can't use the self timer on my camera apparently, but look how pretty the stitch pattern is! Plus you can see the neckline. The whole sweater is seamless so when I started the neckline shaping I bound off one stitch (for the bottom of the V) and cast on 8 steek stitches. After I finished knitting I machine sewed the steeks (2 lines on each side) and cut. I used a blanket stitch to tack down the steeks then picked up and knit the neckline. It wasn't my first steek and I doubt it will be my last. Sometimes I wonder why people say things are scary when they're really not that bad. Steeks aren't scary, they're easier than the alternative!
Here's a more flattering but much less informative rear view. The yarns are dark grey and off white (natural? sheep colored?). They contrast pretty well but I've noticed that from afar they seem to look more like a heathered solid.
Speaking of which, the yarns were salvaged from two old sweaters. The grey is wool and the natural is a really soft yummy angora wool blend. The grey isn't that soft but the combination of the two is super snuggly and warm. I'm glad I combined them because I didn't think a sweater out of the grey would be wearable.
Overall I'm quite pleased with the outcome. After taking these pics we went for a bike ride and it was comfortable and warm enough to go jacketless (which in January in Seattle is no small feat). Actually hurray for finally having a nice enough day for outside pictures. I didn't actually do any bike riding but the boy is getting the hang of this bike thing =)