Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Sage Blouse

This sweater was started in the Summer of 2009 and I finally picked it up again in January 2010 to finish it. I started this sweater because I was procrastinating about another project. So for me, I wouldn't call it a long UFO. I am currently working on another UFO from the Summer of 2008. Stay tuned for that one.

It's a free pattern available on Ravelry and knit from the top down. The only tricky part for me was the Moorish Lattice Pattern. I had a hard time incorporating that part along with the Raglan Increases because there isn't any clear instructions on doing that. I felt like I was doing it wrong, but I kept going. After messaging the designer, she told me I was on the right track.The yarn is lovely blend of Wool and Silk. It's considered a Worsted weight, but to me it's more like a Light Worsted. I was able to get gauge with it using size US 4's.

I am really happy with it considering this is the first pullover sweater I have ever made for myself. I steam blocked it and the drape is very nice. I just wish it was more loose and blousey like the designer wearing the pattern. In hind sight, I could have knit this one size up, but didn't want something swimming on me. I have a feeling the sweater might grow a little when I wash it, so maybe then it will be a little looser on the body.It's optional to do the back plain (stockinette) or with the same Moorish Lattice Pattern. I opted to make the back decorative, too. My hairstyle is usually shoulder length or shorter, so the back would be visible. It really wasn't that much more work at all.

I am really digging this knitting for myself business and plan to knit many more sweaters for myself this year. After all, who would be more appreciate of my work than myself?

Pattern: Sage Blouse (free PDF pattern via Ravelry)
Needles: US 4 / 3.5 mm
Yarn: 6 balls (744 yards) of Crystal Palace Yarns "Crème", in color : Light Green
Size: The smallest size.

27 comments:

sue said...

It is so pretty and it suits you perfectly. The pattern looks very intriguing, well done on finishing up a UFO too!

Muddling Through said...

What a beautiful job you've done, as always! I am just completely in awe of your skill. (Maybe because I can't knit!)

kim said...

Very pretty, simple, but just enough to keep it interesting. I wanna make one now :).

Plus, good for you for completing UFOs and especially those for yourself.

rohanknitter said...

It looks really pretty! I'll bet it will loosen up a bit when you wash it.

Micki said...

Lovely!

knithound brooklyn said...

Yay for finishing a project long in the making! Love the lattice plackets - it makes it look somehow Renaissance, - in a really good way.

littlebirdbigcity said...

Wow! So pretty. I love that design. i think it fits you wonderfully. Any bigger, and it wouldn't look right. Good job, girl! On to the next!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful! I love the lattice pattern, and it looks very pretty on you. I think knitting for yourself is the way to go!

nova said...

It's so pretty! I think it was definitely worth the extra effort to finish it!

Sayschnicklefritz said...

You're cracking me up. The sweater looks great, but that's no surprise. I'm glad that you get to experience of wearing something you made with your own tiny hands!

Jackie said...

mei mei ^--^

caitlyn said...

Congrats on completing this UFO!! It looks absolutely fanastic on you, Angela! Really lovely and delicate.

opportunityknits said...

You're really on a finishing streak, go girl! Pretty, elegant sweater blouse, I've queue'd it on ravelry. I just discovered queueing in ravelry. I know, I'm s-l-o-w haha!

Jennie said...

So cute, you're making me wish I knew how to knit again =)

Rima said...

Cute, cute all the way! It really fits you well.

hetty said...

It looks fantastic on you! Love the lattice work. That really makes it! Good that you are making things for yourself and that you are finishing UFOs!

Stephanie said...

a beautiful knit, it looks fantastic on you!

rhymeswithspoon said...

wow this looks so fantastic! i'm impressed you were able to pick up a project again after such a hiatus. the lattice pattern is so nice!

Rebekah said...

This is so pretty! I love the detail on the front and back. You should definitely make more things for yourself!

Erin Joy and Sarah Jane said...

SO so gorgeous - the pattern is lovely and you did such a wonderful job! Very impressive.

Alice said...

The sweater is amazing, and it looks especially amazing on you!

Hannah said...

Incredible stitching! I wish I had the patience and skill to knit clothing...

Sam said...

Oooh yes, love this one too. Nice detailing at the top, and pretty shaped sleeves. How fun to be finishing your UFOs.

sarah said...

I like the way yours fits better than the one in the pattern. It is much more flattering this way!

Windsor Grace said...

I love that! It's beautiful!

Corrie said...

I really love this! well done, the colours is so perfect too

Corrie:)

Arbre à laine said...

Très beau !