Saturday, February 17, 2007

Ariann

Pattern: ChicKnits Ariann
Yarn: KnitPicks Andean Silk (approx. 12 skeins, Chocolate)
Buttons: 4 wooden buttons from MJ Trim


I really liked this pattern; it was well-written and easy to follow. I'm a bit less happy with the sweater than I thought I would be. I was a bit between sizes on this one and opted for the smaller size, so I like it unbuttoned better than buttoned. I opted not to make the belt, because I don't really need or want the waist cinching. At some point in the future, I may make it. I'm also a little disappointed in the sleeve length, but that could be a row gauge issue. They are longer than 3/4 length and just slightly too short for long sleeves.

As for the yarn, it's very soft, but sheds like crazy and is definitely somewhat fuzzy. I ran into a number of knots while knitting, which was disappointing. I'm also a bit skeptical of how this yarn will wear. In all, I'm not sure I will use this again for a sweater, although it would make a lovely scarf. I do like the drape, which was a big factor in buying a blend rather than a 100% wool yarn.

Overall, I think it's a success, even if I hoped it would turn out a little differently.

13 comments:

Kaitie Tee said...

I think it looks great on you! I really like that pattern.

Laura said...

Is that your "come hither" look? :)

The sweater looks great and it looks like it fits you well. I don't think it needs a belt.

Fabulous job!

Helen said...

it looks great on you, Valerie. as for the yarn, yup, super soft. i only used it on a shrug and i agree it may not wear too well in the long run.

Karen said...

I think it looks great!!

Jerry & Maxy said...

It looks very pretty. Great work.

LaBean said...

Awww you seemed so excited about it. But it looks good!! that buttoning issue is why I tend to make things bigger than I need.. *sigh*.

mikomiao said...

it looks gorgeous on you! i liked the belt in the pattern but i don't think you need it either.

Theresa said...

The picture was worth the wait! (I mean, rather than a mobile phone bathroom at work shot.)

I think it looks terrific! As do you!

Yay!!!

(Have you gotten anything in the mail yet?)

barbie said...

I think that's her "hurry up and take the d*** picture" look.

The sweater is pretty, even if it has...unintended design features. :)

Donna said...

It looks very nice on you.

Anonymous said...

wow, that looks fantastic! beautiful work!

-hobbitknitter
http://knitonespintoo.wordpress.com

Pixen said...

I think it looks great! I'm knitting the same pattern and having all the same issues. Think I may end up knitting it again in a bigger size.
Anyway, congrats from down-under.

Jo said...

It looks lovely on you.