Thursday, September 11, 2008

Fully-Grown Sprout

OK, we can tell the crickets to take a break now. I’ll go back to talking about my finished projects!

I was neck-deep in the Summer of Socks when I made the mistake of walking into Bloomin’ Yarns and got sucked in to the store KAL on this project.

I found the perfect buttons straight out of the gate at Bloomin on the day I bought the yarn. I think Michelle wanted to tackle me when I picked them out. They were her favorite buttons in the store and I bought ‘em all. But they were dead-on perfect for my yarn, so I was mean and I bought them.

I wanted to knit these buttons into the sweater, but then I realized that the hole in the shank would be a great needle sizer for a US 00 or US 000 needle, so not so much. Sewing thread and needle to the rescue. Ugh.

My Cat Bordhi sock knitting spree came in handy on this project. I was totally comfortable on short rows, and was easily able to do properly-leaning increases around the shoulder cable as a result of my sock knitting.

As even more evidence that I need to get back in the gym and start eating better, the above is a modeled photo. The sweater has maybe an inch of negative ease, so if I can lay off the cookies for a bit and start sweating again, it’ll fit perfectly. Ugh. I really hate that shot. (and yes, I fully intended for the sleeves to be a little bit short)

I’ve worn the sweater once, for a football gameday. It was almost perfect, except that when I wear it open, it tends to slide off of my shoulders. I’m hoping that was because I was wearing a tank, so there was no fabric-to-fabric traction on my shoulders.


Knit top-down in one piece with sleeve and torso lengths eyeballed for yours truly

Pattern: Sprout, Top-Down, by Amy King
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy
Color: Deep Seaflower
Amount: Four skeins (approx. 1,000 yards)
Source: Bloomin’ Yarns
Needles: KnitPicks Options, US 10. Sleeves were Magic Looped,
remainder of the sweater was knit in one piece.
Size: 48” bust, but it came out smaller than that, which is OK.
Started: 11 July 2008
Finished: 22 August 2008
Mods: None, other than eyeballing the torso length and length of sleeves to the length that I wanted.


Jenn said...

Deep Seaflower is my favorite colorway ever, in any yarn. I think the buttons are perfect!

At least you know that if you lay off the cookies and sweat, it will fit, most of my stuff comes out a tad roomier than I would like, but who wants to eat MORE cookies to fit into something?

floribunda said...

the sweater is beautiful and the color is luscious (how do you spell that, anyway?) and if it keeps sliding off you can send it my way.

tell Jenn I'd happily give her a fat transplant...

SJ said...

I love it! The buttons really are perfect.

Jess said...

Love it love it love it. Those buttons are awesome too. They look like they were made for your sweater.

Yvonne said...

agree with everyone's comments (1)

Such a gorgeous sweater!!! I love it!!

Jen said...

Sprout looks fantastic! I'll bet it is super comfy also, just in time for fall!

MollyBeees said...

OMG! It's so cute. The buttons are perfect!!!!!

Mom2B said...

What a great sweater Amy! And I love those buttons!! You could always button just the top button if it tries to slide off again.

Miss you!


turtlegirl76 said...

Ooooh what a great blue! And yeah, absolutely the perfect buttons.

I need to lay off the cookies and get back running again. I've fallen off the wagon! Let's try to get back on it together!