Aidez has been on my wishlist for years. I knew that I would have some time during the holiday break, so I decided to see if I could knit the sweater start-to-finish by the time I had to go back to work. It took me 8 days.
It seems like everyone in the knitting world has made at least one of these (2499 projects and counting) but here's my 2 cents:
I made the 36" size on #10.5 needles. like many others, 11s just seemed too loose.
I used 2 skeins of Cascade Eco Wool in natural. I have wanted an undyed aran sweater for years and this yarn was perfect. I'm starting to realize that I don't always have to use the fancy hand-dyes--a nice basic wool can sometimes be best. I found this yarn to be a tad softer than the grey eco wool i've used in the past. it had a lot of guard hairs and occasional dark stray fibers that i had to frequently pull out, but it didn't bother me too much. I used most of the yarn with maybe 50-ish yards leftover.
I shortened the sleeves a smidge. I was worried about sleeve fit based on others' experiences, but my sleeves fit perfectly without modification. the armhole length and sleeve width were just right.
I like seaming. there, i said it. i'd rather work a sweater in pieces so that i don't have to deal with the weight of the garment all at once. i've made many sweaters now and i find that i get stalled out more easily once the sweater gets heavy. i also change up the order to avoid boredom. on this one, i did the sleeves first then the fronts, knitting both in tandem, and finished with the back.
I used the Italian cast-on for the ribbing. it's my new favorite. I decreased in pattern most of the time, rather than sticking strictly to k2tog/ssk. I also made use of the correction on the center back cable. i wanted a loose fit, so i eliminated all waist shaping.
I'm very pleased to have learned a new trick. i grafted the fronts at the neck using Techknitter's method (2nd trick) of kitchener in ribbing by binding off one side and grafting the live stitches on the other side to the bind-off. it sounds complicated but it's really pretty easy and the finish is very tidy.
I love my new sweater and I'm sure that it will be a staple in my winter wardrobe for years to come. keen-eyed observers might notice a finished Tova tunic. more details on that one later.