This is yet another project where the knitting was done in no time (I think it took a week) but for whatever reason I stuck it in the pile and didn't bother to do the finishing until now. Don't ask me why, I have no explanations. In fact, I would have liked to have been wearing this sweater for the last month or two!
This pullover was entirely dictated by the yarn -- handspun superwash merino from Tanglewood Fiber Creations, in the Northwest Winter colorway (my favorite!). All I did was cast on a bunch of stitches, increase every other row for the raglan shaping, then knit down the sleeves and body. I finished the elbow-length sleeves with seeded rib just to make it a little less boring, and the bottom and neckline are finished with garter stitch. After I tried it on the weight of the sweater pulled the neck out, so I ended up doing a row of single crochet along the edge to keep it from stretching. And I had to redo the bottom bind off, because I was too cautious the first time and bound off way too loosely, so the bottom flared out. I think the prospect of binding off again is what kept this sweater in the almost-done pile for so long! So silly, yet so typical.
All in all I'm happy with this sweater, it's cozy and easy to wear and that was the goal. It did come out a bit too big in the body though, due to changes in the thickness of the yarn which brought my body gauge closer to 4 sts/inch than 4.5. I was aiming for roomy and instead got oversized, but that turns out to be fine because it still looks purposeful. I've been wearing more looser garments lately, so this fits right in! I considered making it longer so I could wear it as a dress, but it has absolutely no shaping and I wasn't sure I could get away with that . . .
Pattern: Generic top-down raglan in one piece as described above
Yarn: 6 skeins Tanglewood Fiber Creations superwash merino in Northwest Winter
Needles: US size 8
Started: October 8, 2007
Finished: December 23, 2007