This is my finished Babydoll pullover knit from Prism Cashmere. I've had this sweater done for about a week now but I kept putting off photographing it, and with good reason: It's impossible to get a clear shot! This was the only one (out of about 20) I shot on Beatrice which came out even partly in focus. I don't know if it's the mostly-white color of the yarn, or the poor lighting in our apartment, or my sinuses, but it took a lot of work to bring you this picture!
I know you all like a good modeling shot, but please remember I'm not feeling too hot and therefore I have cut my face off from this picture:
This shot came out even more blurry than the Beatrice shot, but it's all I got for today. It give you the idea.
All in all I'm really happy with this pullover. I had the idea to knit a babydoll-shaped pullover ever since I saw all the gorgeous ones in shops and on the runways for this season, but this yarn is a bit thick for any design that has gathers. The other design challenge was that I wanted to use only 4 balls of this yarn and I wasn't sure how far that would take me, so I decided on short sleeves to save on yardage. Also, to keep from looking too pregnant in this top (NO I'm not pregnant!) I wanted it to be as long as possible.
In order to achieve all the goals I knit this pullover in a very strange manner. I first knit the front and back starting 1" below the armhole bind offs, and then I knit both sleeves. I sewed these pieces together, did the neckband finishing, and tried it on for fit. It turned out to be perfect, so then I knit the body portion: I picked up stitches around the cast-on edge of the front & back and knit down as far as I could, alternating 2 balls to keep the colors from blotching. When I bound off I had exactly 1.5 yards of yarn left, which was fine because the finishing was all done!
I actually started this project 3x before I came up with this convoluted manner of knitting a pullover, but I have to say it was totally worth it! I love it!
You might think it's weird to have a 100% cashmere pullover with short sleeves, but I'm always hot so for me it's perfect! I might actually get to wear it indoors this winter.
Pattern: My own, slightly babydoll-shaped in front with gathered increases, straight down from there.
Yarn: 4 skeins Prism Cashmere in String exclusive colorway Creme with Denim
Needles: US size 10
Started: September 23, 2006
Finished: October 3, 2006
And in health news, I stayed home again today and slept until almost noon. I started to feel better around 4ish so I'll be back at work tomorrow. It's pouring outside so I'm quite happy I don't have to go out in this weather! Hopefully it'll stop in time for tomorrow's rush hour.