Lemon Squeezey Pullover…

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Hello! I’ve had this post sitting as a draft for well over a month and I’m still at a total loss for words. How to describe this make…?! Nonetheless, today is a good day to talk about Amy Miller and her designs (more on that in a bit) so off we go! This is Sperry, done using Cascade Superwash Sport with a little Mirasol Nuna for the contrast stripes (project notes can be found here). Absolutely no complaints on the yarn front as both are excellent to work with, wear well and are very reasonably priced!

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I knit this sweater last August and have yet to wear it out of the house, which is why I am calling this one a fail. I can almost see Andrea, Kristin and Gail shaking their heads at that statement! They’ve all seen this sweater and told me I’m nuts but I have my reasons! Actually, just one reason, which you can see below. The stupid i-cord edge on this thing will not lie flat! Drives me absolutely bonkers!

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What do I like about this pattern?  Everything! Well, almost everything. It was well written with no mistakes that I could find. Amy describes this as a “top-down raglan construction with a quirky shirttail hem make Sperry fun to knit — cool stripes and a lightweight yarn make it fun to wear” and I think that sums it up nicely. Though the cascade sport is definitely on the heavier end of sport-weight yarns so I’m not sure I’d call this a lightweight make. Not to mention the fact that this is 100% wool! Let’s just call this pullover perfect for Fall/early Spring in Toronto and leave it at that!

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The fit on this is not quite what I was aiming for but similar to my Kara cardigan, this had the recommended positive ease a few months ago. My bad! And this leads me to my issue with the i-cord edge as I don’t think the tails on this sweater would roll as they do if the sweater did not fit quite to snuggly! Also, this was my first time working such an edge (please remember that I am relatively new to knitting!) and I should have gone up at least one more needle size.  Probably two.  If you look closely, you can see that my i-cord is too tight and it distorts the bottom edge of the sweater. This is all an easy fix, mind you as I can easily remove the i-cord and redo it! Problem is that I have yet to find the motivation to do so. Gail also suggested that I do a rolled edge instead and I think that’s actually a great idea… again, assuming that I ever undo what I’ve already done!

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I really, really love the colours, the stripes and the overall look of this pullover though so maybe that will be motivation enough to either fix it or to suck it up and wear it as is!

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Now. Getting back to Amy Miller. She has some excellent patterns to choose from and I’d recommend you give them a try! To make that nice and easy for you, she has a coupon code available for a a free pattern for a few more hours today (ends 5PM CST on May 7th) to welcome a new addition to her family! You can find out the details here.

Despite all appearances, I have actually been sewing and I do have a few makes that I will share soon! In the meantime, happy sewing and knitting!

Sara

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8 thoughts on “Lemon Squeezey Pullover…

  1. I think you have to fix it – Not that I’d ever do this but just rip back the icord part, go up a needle size or – maybe even do a bit of rib (if the shape of the bottom of the sweater can accommodate it). It’s a totally adorable sweater that deserves to be worn! Mind you, I have 6 sweaters in my closet that I’ve never worn. So who am I to talk?

    • That would be a pretty generous knitting friend! Gail offered to remove the icord edge while she was here and I so should have taken her up on the offer! Alas, this fix will be up to me, which means that it really may never happen!

  2. That last photo cracks me up! What was the photographer saying to you? I’m going to get all bossy here: you need to fix this sweater. You will not wear it otherwise and it is such a lovely sweater that you must. Just fix it. Take advantage of your productivity spur and go for it. End of bossy-mac-bossiness.

    • Wish I knew how that last photo happened. It looks to me like someone let ‘er rip…! Though that is not what happened! Sadly, I did not take advantage of my productive spurt so this did not get fixed. But I have not given it away yet either… there is still hope!

  3. I love this sweater on you! Love the yellow, love the stripe. And I’m on team fix it, too. If it makes you feel any better, I re-knit 3/4 of my last project, and it went from “I will never wear this” to what I was hoping for. That being said, I have yet to actually wear it. I guess that’s what MMM is for…

    • Thanks! I know I should fix it. Feelings on this seem to be unanimous. Now just need to find the motivation. Maybe in another year? As for MMM, I didn’t participate this year. Or at least not officially. You?

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