So I've had these photos loaded in since last week when Nonnahs took them, but to say this week has been busy, would be an all-time understatement. Things are starting to slow down and except for a little trip next week, my schedule is fairly open now. ANYWAY! - on to the good stuff!
Starsky est fini!! I finished just after the first of the month, so pretty darn close to actually finishing in the month this project was resurrected for the UFO Resurrection Challenge. I am so happy to be done and couldn't be more pleased with the final fit. It is so comfortable through my shoulders and arms. Nothing pulls or tugs. And the best part? I can throw this sweater. Literally. I throw it on the chair. I throw it on the ottoman. It is THAT carefree.
As for the details, I made it with the recommended yarn Knit Picks Sierra in Cranberry. I used about 9 balls without the belt. I decided to leave off the belt, because with my longness it just didn't sit right. I added a single toggle as a closure instead (mainly because I only had one in my sewing bin). It still needs a hook and eye on the inside to help it stay shut and I am still thinking I should add a couple more toggles. The reason? Well, after trying to choose a good photo for this post, I realized that the sweater makes me look a wee bit preggers.
Other than that, I pretty much made the sweater as recommended. I made the smallest size and I do believe I knit a slightly smaller knit gauge to manage the ease. I say "I believe" because I didn't make very good notes when I packed this project away last summer. There were needle size issues that I just went with figuring that I had probably thought through everything at the time despite not remembering a thing now!
As for the collar, we had heard that there were various issues with the collar. However, since I never read anything directly myself, I don't really know what the issues were. Fresh off the needles, mine road up since the ribbing wanted to pull in on itself. I steamed the collar flat and that helped it (p)lay nice. The more I wear it though, the more it starts to ride up again, so I have a feeling that the ironing will be taking place regularly.
Overall, I would give this pattern a big thumbs up. It was easy to follow and straight forward. The pieces came out as advertised and except for the sleeves (were I stalled out), it knit up really fast. I'm still shocked at how quickly the collar knit up. I have a feeling that this sweater will be getting a ton of wear. It really is perfect for San Diego. It adds a nice layer of warmth and replaces the need for a jacket. I don't know about you, but I'd rather wear a sweater than a jacket any day!