Monday, August 16, 2010

Swan Lake

After officially starting this sweater in April, it is FINALLY finished!  I had intended for it to be done before summer started and I would wear it as a spring sweater, but life took over and I barely had time to work on it until recently.  Even though the color is not what I consider an "autumn" shade, plans to wear this sweet and lofty little number in the coming months are being hatched.  Oh, and by the way, it is currently 90° outside!

When I first saw this pattern, I immediately thought of the soft and airy sweaters a ballerina would wear.  The original pattern called for a sport weight yarn, but to achieve a translucent look I chose a mohair/silk blend.

The diamond motif is a series of cables that give it that interlocking Celtic knot look.  It was surprisingly very simple to do!

The sleeves are actually what took me the longest.  I think it was mainly because I was using a ball of yarn that wasn't wound correctly and kept getting knots and tangles.  In fact, more time was spent detangling the yarn than knitting the sleeve!  But, I don't blame the yarn itself; it was otherwise fun to work with and yielded gorgeous results.

Pattern: Gathered Pullover by Hana Jason.  Interweave Knits Winter 2007

Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Heavenly.  For the 32" size it took about 3 balls.

Time Elapsed: About four months.  However, in my defense it would have gone a lot faster if I had more time to knit!

Modifications/Notes:  Aside from using a completely different yarn than what was suggested, I knit this sweater as written.  Wanting longer sleeves, I did add about 2" in length.

These photos were taken at Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon.  The lush foliage and picturesque duck pond in the background made a perfect setting for my "Swan Lake" gathered pullover.  And while I didn't see any swans, the fluttering dragonflies put on a lovely performance of their own!


Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

What a gorgeous sweater and what beautiful work! I may just have to reach through the computer screen and snatch it!

Anna said...

Ballerina, indeed! So, so lovely. And the knot work in the center? Perfection.

Zil said...

That turned out so gorgeous!