I actually finished it just before Christmas and I’ve had several opportunities to wear it since then. Hands down, it’s now my favorite winter sweater.
This is the second design I’ve knit from Lori’s Building Block collection. You might recall Tails, which I finished over the summer … well No Tails is the same silhouette, except no tails 😉. This time I opted for the cowl neck and the sleeves to make it a cold weather piece.
The construction is straightforward – a back and a front with drop shoulders, joined with a three-needle bind-off. The sleeves are worked flat, picking up stitches from the armhole. Then the cowl neck (8+ inches of seeded rib…seemed to take forever) and the underarm and side seams. Nothing complicated, but a really stunning result. I did end up with a slightly looser gauge than the pattern called for – which meant a little math in the beginning to adjust my stitch counts – but otherwise I followed the pattern as written.
The yarn is Shibui Cima (a lace-weight merino/alpaca blend) held double. I snagged a sweater quantity for half price a few years back when Shibui discontinued the color (and why they did that is a mystery – it’s the perfect camel). Cima is great to work with (just sticky enough to make holding two strands together not a total pain) and the finished fabric is lovely – soft, drapey and warm.
A huge thank you to Katie for the photos. You can read more about the project on Ravelry (here).
Looks like we’re going to have a snow day tomorrow (that could last into next week if the temperatures stay as cold as they’re predicting). Marc and I braved the grocery store last night for milk and wine. Sadly, Lowes was sold out of snow shovels. He’s going to stop at Home Depot this morning on his way to work … won’t be the end of the world if we have to borrow our neighbor’s shovel, but otherwise – we’re ready!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Stay warm!