i'm starting a new pattern. even though i've had bad luck ever finishing a pullover that doesn't require stickman arms to wear, i'm going to actually create a pattern. it's easy though because 1) it doesn't have sleeves, and 2) it's boxy so it has no shaping.
i've been really wanting a striped sweater, but the one i already started is made from alpaca and is long sleeved. i need something to wear NOW. and i happened to come across this madewell sweater, and it's the perfect inspiration. and i can knit this up for $35, instead of $125.
i carefully looked everywhere for the perfect yarn. i debated cotton/silk blend for the summertime, and ended up going with 100% cotton, simply cotton worsted yarn from knitpicks, in prussian heather (which is much darker in person than on the site) and camel heather. i really want a luxurious feeling yarn with an incredible drape. i went with this one because of the amazing reviews, beautiful drape after searching for finished project photos on ravelry, and it's worsted weight. oh, and the price is pretty great.
while i was waiting on my yarn to arrive, i sketched out some diagrams, looked up comparable yardages, and researched hems and collar finishes. yesterday, the yarn finally arrived, and because i promised my co-worker/friend, bobbi (who is a much better knitter than me) that i would be VERY DILIGENT in my making my swatch, i've swatched up the yarn here in size 8 and 9 needles. leaning more towards the 9s.
i thought i was ALL set to start on this thing, but now bobbi is making me block this before starting. after reading up on the science of swatching, i'm now committed. i'm not letting this thing hang from a hanger for 2 days though. when it's dry, i'm gauging it. more to come soon!