I cast on for this sweater way back in November, but lots of things came along in the meantime that kept pushing it to the back burner. At times, I was ready to give up on the whole thing. I made many mistakes, the ribbing was hard to maintain, and I wasn't sure that it would fit since it looked so small.
But I kept going, reasoning that even a bad sweater is of more use than a pile of crumpled yarn. And today....it is a sweater! And not that bad after all.
Because the rib design is remarkably stretchy and adjustable, it fits snugly and quite well.
It hasn't been blocked, and I might decide that this is actually too snug.
And it is remarkably warm. It matches a mock turtleneck that I have perfectly, so I can wear it without wondering what to put under it. But unfortunately, I managed to finish it just in time for the cool weather here to come to an end for the next 6 months. I might wear it a few times and then give it a soak and a blocking before I put it away for the summer.
But all in all, I am very happy to have persevered, and I am proud to have a wearable sweater that I made with my own two hands.
The pattern is from Clara Parkes The Knitter's Book of Wool and this sweater was designed by Sandi Rosner. I knit it in Patons Classic Wool in the colorway Plum Heather (which I love!). It's 100% wool and cost less than $25 for the yarn (plus $7.50 for the buttons!)