so i have the brown sweater that i wear all the time with brown-matching outfits. i wear it to death, practically. and i've needed a similar black sweater that i can also wear to death for years now. and i've finally made one.
Pattern: Basic Black (rav) by Glenna C
Yarn: Elann Nilo (cotton, viscose, linen), 9 skeins
Needles: #4 and #6 knitpicks options
Size: 31", blocked to about 34"
Started: May 31, Finished: June 13
i used a cable cast-on and subbed in 1x1 ribbing and knit only 2" of rib on the sleeve cuffs. i made a garter stitch buttonband instead of ribbing. i shortened the sleeves by 3 inches. i blocked the sweater a few inches larger than written. i used 5 vintage shell buttons that i got from etsy. i had a brain lapse and didn't place the bottommost button close enough to the hem, so there's a gap that bugs me but not enough to rip it out and redo. oh yeah, i also knit the buttonband in one long piece. i must've made my peace with knitting in pieces--i found the seaming to go smoothly and it was a fairly soothing process.
the problem with cotton is that even though the yarn was pretty thin, this is one heavy sweater. i've worn it once and it has stretched out quite a bit. i'm worried that the sleeves are heading into dreaded "fall off the shoulder 80s style" territory. the heavy shell buttons don't help matters much. i probably should've stabilized the buttonband before sewing them on, but i can always do that later if it's a real problem.
otherwise this sweater perfectly fills a wardrobe hole that's been vacant for far too long. it's not here to knock anyone's socks off, and that's just the way i like it. i'm sure i'll get a lot of wear out of it, though i'm already kind of wishing i had a winter version. right now though the last thing on earth i want to do is knit another black cardigan, so for now this one'll do.