The Rhinebeck Sweater (of Destiny!)
So I know you all wanna see the sweater, right? Well I want to show you! Credits for the photos go to Greg, who is an awesome photographer, and very good natured about getting roped into photographing my hand knits. (I think that “knitwear photographer” is fairly atypical of his accustomed oeuvre.) But he does such a good job! Any faults with these pictures are almost certainly due to my.. err.. extremely inexpert photo editing. 😛
The setting of Rhinebeck is really ideal for sweater photography, with the stunning fall colors and general air of sheepiness.
I absolutely adore this sweater. It is one of my favorite colors, and while I wasn’t sure of the variegation in the store, I love how it knit up! (Greg told me to get this one rather than a pale purple. Shocking revelation: when you’re unsure of a color choice, listen to the photographer/graphic designer/filmmaker. His advice is probably legit.) I think that the variation in color is just slight enough that the lace looks gorgeous, especially in the long panel down the back. I think that is such a brilliant detail of this design! In addition, it is SO WARM. That Malabrigo worsted is just cushy fuzzy wool goodness. I love this yarn, and I think it’s pretty long-wearing for a single ply. Naturally there will be pilling, but I am prepared for that so it won’t exactly be a surprise.
The pattern is Bloomsbury by Svetlana Volkova, and I love the clever design of this sweater. It’s worked top-down in the round, and when you’re done, you have six ends to weave in, and ZERO sewing. Sign me up! The lines on the front of the bust are really cool, almost like a wetsuit! This is beautifully designed, though the pattern is a bit difficult to get the hang of. I had to use the pattern for a good portion of the yoke, which was a huge pain in the ass! I usually don’t have trouble memorizing a pattern and just trucking along, so that frustrated me a bit. However, the results are stunning so I can’t exactly whine too much 😛 The yarn is Malabrigo Worsted in Velvet Grapes. I love it so much!! I made extensive mods, including changing the waist shaping so that it would nip in more dramatically, (I like curve-hugging sweaters.) and adding some short rows in the bust so that it wouldn’t pull up in the front. I also shortened the sleeves, and went for a tighter-fitting sleeve than in the original. To me, the sleeves look a bit heavy when they’re full length. This is probably the best fit of any sweater I own, so yay!
And now the back!!! Lovely lace panel detail ^.^
I do have one question for you, my bloggy friends. I have some yarn left, which means that I could make the sweater longer. Should I? I’m generally one who likes my sweaters really long, but I think that that tends to make them look less polished. This sweater is a bit more on the fancy side, so I curbed that tendency, but now I wonder. Should I lengthen it, or leave it as is?