Starting this sweater in March I was hoping to be done by May, but apparently large swaths of stockinette stitch are my kryptonite . And what with being the world's pokiest knitter anyway, this project kind of fell by the wayside until I got home from summer holidays and realised how little there really was to do!
Just as I'd hoped it would be, this sweater is now my favourite go-to when I want to grab something quickly as I'm heading out the door. The yarn is soft and comfortable but hard-wearing at the same time and I am in LOVE with the colour. It makes me SO happy! It's cheerful and bright, and in retrospect now is the perfect time to finish the sweater as we start heading into greyer days here in the UK.
The pattern by Thea Colman (of Baby Cocktails) is also lovely. Her attention to the little details are what I think really make this sweater stand out. From the seed stitch collar to the button-less edging and the raglan detail and lace panels - all combine to take a beautifully simple sweater and elevate it to the next level.
This was my first every top-down sweater and I have to say that I'm now a huge fan! Being able to try on the sweater as I was knitting it was a huge bonus and considering this is only the second sweater I've ever knit for myself with sleeves, I appreciate being able to try it on and have less opportunity to screw it up! My pal Jen also helped with some great pointers about fit when she had me try on the sweater this summer and I thought the flexibility of being able to adjust the size mid-knit was fantastic.
The sweater also looks just as good over a dress as it does with jeans - giving a little vintage vibe! The one thing I thought might bug me though, sadly does. I'm not used to a cardigan without buttons (my still-as-yet-unfinished Central Park Hoodie not withstanding) so that's taking a little getting used to. In the meantime, I've found a fab vintage-inspired pin to fasten the sweater closed when I don't want to be fussing with it all the time.
This definitely won't be the last Baby Cocktails pattern that I knit. In fact, I'm already contemplating Sambuca. But for now I'm sticking to smaller things until the end of the year. It's time to switch over to Christmas knitting next!