Friday, April 04, 2008

Aftur

Aftur is complete and here she is!

Aftur - front

This is what 7 balls of Crimson Lite Lopi gets you when you mix it with size 7 needles and less than a ball each of a few other colors (Bright Blue, Pumpkin, Leaf, Black Heather, and Goldenrod). For the colorwork, the most I used of any one color was the Black Heather, which was probably around half a ball. The others were varying degrees less with the least amount coming from the Bright Blue. I tried to make the best estimates on my Ravelry project page.

As a reminder, all of this yarn came from the Weekend Getaway Satchel kit, along with the addition of two more balls of Crimson to round out my yardage. So, given the length of time this yarn was in my UFO pile, (which means its free ;-), this sweater cost me about $8. Pretty sweet!

Aftur

As mentioned here, B helped me input the colorwork chart into the computer using Illustrator. This let us try out different color combinations given what I had to work with from the bag kit. I am extremely happy with how these colors played out. I feel like it is a really nice balance of classic and funky. I especially like how the lime green (Leaf) and the bright blue worked out. This was definitely a collaborative effort and even B likes to talk about how its 'our' sweater. And its true!

The pattern is really straight forward and the only modifications I needed to make where to adjust for my monkey arms (added about 2 inches) and my long torso (maybe about an inch). But because I made the 36 inch size for my 34 inches, I didn't have to add as much length to the body as I normally would because there was already a bit more length to account for the larger size. I also changed the waist and wrist bands to a simple 2X2 rib and for the neck I skipped the full turned hem. Given that I live in So Cal, I figure I didn't need the extra layer around my neck for warmth or to bring the sweater up closer to my neck. In fact, I was really concerned about getting the Lopi too close to my neck because of the potential itch factor. I initially knit a full 2X2 ribbed collar with a regular bind off, which left me with a neck opening I couldn't even fit the crown of my head through! So, I ripped it out, ripped out a couple rows of the ribbing and bound off with a tubular bind off. The neck has more of a boat neck look now, but I like it and its seems fairly proportional with the colorwork section. A final modification was the addition of a couple short-rows to the back of my neck to raise it up a tad, which you might be able to see here:

Aftur - back

That 'weather system' we were expecting didn't really pan out, but I did wear Aftur yesterday to try her out. Overall, I would say the fit is great. I tend it have an issue with my sweaters (pullovers and cardigans alike) riding back on my shoulders. I was concerned about this factor given that Lite Lopi isn't exactly next-to-skin soft. But, although I was aware of the wool on my neck, it never got to the point during the day that I had to scratch or even take it off because it was too irritating. However, I do think that this sweater would be perfect for over a turtleneck. Then it would be a truly effortless sweater to wear.

26 comments:

mouse said...

Wow.. its awesome! I love the way the colors play together and I also like the lower neckline. Great job!

jillian said...

That looks great! The colors all blend together flawlessly. The fit is perfect too.

elli said...

Oh, that's lovely! I how the little bit of blue pulls it all together.

Alyssa said...

I love it that colors and simply wonderful!

Kristyn said...

Your sweater is beautiful! Great job.

Steph said...

Beautiful! The colors go so well together, it looks fantastic.

jenfromRI said...

That looks terrific. Just perfect!

mary said...

Stun-ning! The fit, colorwork and choice of colors are perfect. Bravo!

Theresa said...

And it looks even better in person!

knitzalot said...

Looks great!

Jennifer said...

So pretty, and fits perfectly! I really like the color combo; it really pops!

rockbridge said...

GORGEOUS!!!! really, it's gorgeous... great job!

Krista said...

It's beautiful, and the colors suit you very well. It's funny how I didn't get the idea of how pretty it was going to be based on the close-up of it the other day.

Ruinwen said...

Absolutely georgous! Love the colors and the pattern! :)

marisa said...

It looks beautiful!!

Nasus said...

Fabulous!

LizKnits said...

That sweater turned out just great! Congrats.

monica said...

It's beautiful. I love the colors.

Liz K. said...

Absolutely amazing! You must be so proud, and virtuous, too, since it was (mostly) from stash!

mle said...

I love it! it really looks great on you! How nice to check another UFO off your list!

Nonnahs said...

Yay! It's beautiful! Kudos to B on the color scheme. :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful--great colors!!

Rene'

Melissa said...

That is just gorgeous! I love your cheery color palette.

kim•ber•ly said...

The sweater turned out really great. I really like the color combinations. I went back to read about how you picked your colors and that is really a great idea.

Lolly said...

WOW, I love it! the colors really play off of each other so well. So bright and happy. I definitely need another version of this one... I love yours! bravo!

Octopus Knits said...

Beautiful! You definitely balanced classic and funky - nice job!