Sometimes you knit things and your FO just falls flat. There is nothing wrong with the yarn or the pattern per say, but the result just isn’t making you super excited. This is how I felt about my Abalone Sweater. Ultimately the fit across the chest and length were just not fitting into my intended wardrobe needs. I wanted an everyday sweater that I could use as a work basic. Abalone is intended to not fit across your entire chest, which I thought I was cool with. However, I discovered that my use of cotton (a denser fabric than wool) and the reduced amount of width across my chest created a garment I just wasn’t feeling. So my Abalone sweater just sat in the closet.
Enter quarantine and Andi Satterlund at Untangling Knots was having a sale. I L-O-V-E her patterns so I picked up Rhody, which is a worsted weight bolero style jacket. The sweater met all of the criteria. Cardigan style ✔️ short sleeve (well I could make the modifications)✔️ simple construction with a few special details ✔️. I purchased the pattern and got to unwinding my FO.
I am so happy I made the choice to frog my previous FO! I hope to make Abalone again in the future, but I will definitely see if the greater flexibility in the fabric works out better. In the meantime I will be planning how to incorporate my black Rhody into my back to school wardrobe.
I joined the Selfish Sweater Knit-a-long (sskal2017), hosted by Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots, back in January. The SSKAL is focused on creating cardigans, and in my opinion, Andi’s cardigans are amazing . Her patterns are straightforward to execute and have cute feminine touches like lacework and waist shaping. I previously tried to make her Minette sweater and failed horribly. One thing about most of Andi’s sweaters is that they fit snug (aka have 1-2″ negative ease). I messed up the sizing on my Minette so much I couldn’t even button it up. 😫
This time around I really thought about my gauge and how I wanted the sweater to fit. I opted for the medium size and am super pleased with the result. It is a must to layer up in San Francisco and my Armande has enough room for a shirt or two underneath.
I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Jade Heather. Gosh I love this color. It is mainly green, but there are flecks of blue and yellow-green that really give the yarn some dimension. I am also really jazzed about these buttons that I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics.
All and all another successful sweater! Sorry I didn’t get any pictures with me wearing it quite yet. I was quite busy finishing up some other knitted goodies this weekend. Make sure to follow me on Instagram (@knitsbywhitsf) for future photos of my Armande Sweater in action.