I just bound this one off:
My latest sweater, which I'm naming Anne after one of my best friends. The left shoulder is open and will be held shut by buttons that go all the way up the sleeve, across the shoulder, and up the funnel neck. I still have to find the buttons and sew them on, and weave in the ends, but otherwise it's done and I'm really happy with it!
This pullover happened quite organically, or by accident, depending on your perspective. I had bought 1 skein of each of the neutral colors of String Classica when the yarn first came in, intending to make a tone-on-tone fair isle yoked sweater. I brought the yarn home and spent the better part of a day off swatching stitch patterns . . . only to realize I would never wear the sweater I was imagining. At the same time I had been planning to knit another version of my crazy striped pullover, with a few changes geared towards making the pattern available, but I hadn't decided on the yarn or colors yet. When the fair isle swatching failed I started to play around with stripes and thought, "Hey! It would be perfect in all these neutrals!" -- so I cast on immediately with no idea what modifications I would make once I got to the armholes.
By the time I had the stripe sequence worked out (the first two attempts created wider stripes due to the placement of the dark brown, and I wanted the whole thing to look uniform, without visual breaks due to the color changes) and had knit to the armholes, I had looked through my idea book and my "for later" file and found two ideas I decided to incorporate. I thought you all might find it interesting to see what influenced me:
The background sweater is one by Chloe that I've had pinned to my bulletin board for at least 2 months. I thought that neck was really cool! And the bottom inset, though I've forgotten where it came from, had such a cool button detail that I knew I'd eventually want to use it for something . . . I combined the two, plus added stripes, and came up with Anne!
I'm actually knitting a second one, in navy and cream and will use silver or gold buttons. I'm planning on chocolate brown ones for the neutral colored one.
This little sweater is knit in one piece from the bottom up in stockinette with ribbed borders, and features lots of little details I worked out to make the stripes as neat as possible . . . but more on that later, when I've got the pattern written up and ready to share.
Speaking of which, I'm planning on getting the socks up tomorrow or Friday. Still haven't decided what to name them yet . . .