Pattern: Summer Solstice by Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Classic Elite Classic Silk, a little under 10 skeins
Needles: No clue. I really need to take note of my needle sizes.
Began: May 18, 2011; Completed: August 28, 2011 (Raveled here.)
Notes: I’ve been admiring Ms. Kirrmaier’s patterns for a very long time now; their simplicity, clean details, and interesting construction really call to me. I was stressed about moving, I was going to teach two summer classes in a very cold building, and I’d wanted to knit this pattern for over a year. I bit the bullet, bought the pattern, and made the swatch back in May.
Then the sweater sat dormant for two months; moving and life happened, and I didn’t really get to work on this until after my summer classes were over in mid-July. Oh well. Once I began knitting this in earnest, it flew off the needles. I was done in about a month of real knitting time, and I love the finished sweater. The process was really fun, too! I’d never knitted a sweater built like this: you begin in the middle of the shoulder blades, work out and shape the neck/sleeve cap, then combine everything, pick up lots of stitches, do lots of counting, and somehow you end up with a whole sweater. Knitting magic!
If I had it to do over again, I’d probably keep decreasing the sleeves a bit after the pattern tells me to stop. This yarn tends to grow, so now the sleeves are stretched and don’t really stay up. I’m a sleeve pusher-upper, so some ribbing or narrower sleeves would be in the cards next time. I really love the fit, though, and the yarn was lovely to knit with. This was one of my earliest stash-enhancements (I bought it during a fall sale during my first year in MI!), and I’m glad I waited for the right pattern. It really works well here, and the silk/cotton/nylon blend was much easier on my hands than other cotton-based yarns. The slubbiness and soft hand really make the cardigan baby soft and oh so comfy.
So there you have it. I’m showing you a summer cardigan when it’s 55 degrees out. (Note: I’m wearing my ND de G as I type this. I still love that sweater, four years later.) On to the next FO!