Wednesday, February 28, 2018



Outfit Details:
Kerrytown by Annie Lupton
Spanx Faux Leather Moto Leggings from Trunk Club
Universal Thread Whisper Woven Backless Slip On Mules from Target

This is pretty much my perfect sweater. I've been wanting a cognac pullover (inspired by Penny's lovely reddish brown coat) all winter. I searched the interwebs for the perfect shade and eventually found it at a yarn store in Canada. Of course my perfect colorway, Nutmeg in Madelinetosh DK was a discontinued color, so it was hard to find a sweater quantity but I finally managed to track one down. I haven't weighed the sweater yet, but I used roughly 5-6 balls of Tosh DK. I alternated skeins for the entire sweater.


I knit the 40" size for a loose-fitting pullover. It has roughly 6 inches of positive ease. I did not knit a gauge swatch (I know, slap on the wrist), but having knit with Tosh DK before I knew that it would grow. I knit the back and front and joined the shoulders and then blocked it. I used the post-blocking info from the body to knit the sleeves and collar. Then I seamed and re-blocked the whole thing.

Modifications: I used tubular cast-ons and bind-offs. I went down a needle-size for all of the ribbing. I converted the shoulder shaping to German short-row shaping and did a 3-needle bind-off to join the shoulders. I changed the sleeves by keeping the texture pattern rather than knitting them in stockinette. I wanted longer, less fitted sleeves, so I did not do any underarm shaping until I reached the cuff. Then I evenly spaced all of my decreases in one row to make more of a bishop-style sleeve with a gathered cuff. I knit about a 4" cuff. I initially wanted a mock-turtleneck collar, but got bored with the ribbing and stopped after 3". I think it looks fine.

The sweater is pretty heavy but it's nice and warm without being overly so. Based on my other experiences with Tosh DK, it will probably pill fairly easily. Honestly this is probably not the best sweater yarn because it's so dense and heavy and prone to pilling but I will enjoy wearing it just the same. The yarn did bleed a bit in the wash but nothing too extreme.


A quick note on the rest of the outfit: I love these faux leather leggings more than is reasonable. They were quite tight at first but after wearing them a few times they've grown more comfortable. I did have to hem them by about 2.5". I was pleasantly surprised to find the shoes at Target. They are relatively comfortable and don't look cheap. Not bad for 25 bucks.

Since I am not able to podcast at this time I'm going to try to be better about blogging. We'll see how it goes.

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