Friday, April 07, 2006

WARNING: Jaw dropping handknit sweater in the post below...

OK, this is the "masterpiece". I have done it. It fits perfectly and I LOVE IT!


Started: March 2, 2006
Finished:April 7, 2006
Pattern: Forecast
Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran (I think 12 balls)
Adjustments: My gauge was a little off, so I added length to the ribbing...knit in one piece, you can just try it on as you go! I also made the bobble a 3 stitch one instead of the 5 stitch.

I knew the yarn...so I blocked it to the perfect fit. The yarn blooms a little after wash, so I made a smaller size than I actually wear. The sweater has a very little negative ease now...perfect.

This is by far my most favourite knit sweater. It was fun to knit...the texture I just love.
I will actually wear this one out in public.

Here is a detail of the buttons.



I was leaning towards some wooden ones then changed my mind and went with the green. Perfect I think!

It does do up just fine...



But...too constricting for me...I'll wear it with some of the buttons undone (this way I shouldn't overheat too quickly!)

58 comments:

knitnthings said...

Congrats! The sweater is FABULOUS!! So glad you had enough to finish!

Anonymous said...

WOW! It is just perfect on you! How did you find more yarn? It looks much better on you than it does on the pattern!

julia said...

wow, gorgeous. The pattern didn't catch my eye when it came out, but yours just changed my mind. Bravo!

Emilee said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I'm so impressed. I'm also curious as to how you got enough yarn to finish.

Lisa said...

Wow - looks freaking awesome. Love the colour and it fits you PERFECTLY.

savannahchik said...

fabulous fit! it looks great. enjoy it. i'll wish the weather stays cool just a little longer for you.

Heather said...

Lookee you!!! great job! I'm glad you were able to pull it off!

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Areli said...

Stunning! That is the most beautiful sweater!

Laura said...

Congratulations! I can see why you are so pleased with it. Success is sweeter, I'm sure, after the Lace Leaf disappointment. :)

Really, it's so flattering and I think it's great in that color. Much nicer than the sweater featured in Knitty.

brooklyn tweed said...

wow - a masterpiece indeed! the fit couldn't be better, and i wont even start about the color! i'm very impressed. hands down best forecast yet.

thanks for sharing!

Natalie said...

Wow, it definitely does look better on you than on the model! They should swap out your pics for those on knitty. :)

Erin said...

I love it! Gonna go make me one!!!! (sooner or later that is)

msubulldog said...

Really gorgeous. Nice work! I like the color much better than the one in Knitty, too.

Kat said...

Jaw dropping? No shit. As they say here in Massachussetts, that sweater is "wicked". Wicked is a good thing. I know what I'll be stash shopping for tonight.

brooke said...

That's one of the most beautiful hand knit sweaters I've seen. Just gorgeous!

christine said...

Excellent sweater!

grumperina said...

Hot, hot, hot! You look phenomenal in your sweater, it knit up just beautifully!

LisaB said...

Oh my goodness that is so absolutely wonderful! You have just convinced me that this is a MUST make knit! The original looked a little loose, but this fits you perfectly. I applaud you! :)

Knit Picking said...

Awesome sweater! It looks great with the buttons done, or undone. Great yarn choice too, love the color.

nicole said...

I love your Forecast! I am now more determined than ever to make this sweater. Thanks for the inspiration!

Scoutj said...

That is amazing. You are beautiful and that fits you so perfectly. Stefanie's patterns rock don't they? I'm so happy to have hooked her up in my store!

Julsey said...

Very nice work! I love it!

andrea said...

You look gorgeus! It looks much better than the one on knitty. I want to knit one for myself, but I have to lose some pounds. Now I think if you could do it, I can.

Yarngirl said...

It's so beautiful -just gawgus!!!

jessie said...

Stunning!

Jen said...

SOOO gorgeous... perfect fit, and just the right color on you! You forgot the story of how you came up with more yarn, though.

I'm going to have to add this sweater to my to-knit list, now.

Janet said...

That is to die for! The perfect sweater, to make (top down, in one piece) and to wear. It's so flattering. I was going to knit tubey but now ....
You did a great job!

Colleen said...

Oh it fantastic!!! And did you love knitting with the Jo Sharp?

Lolly said...

C - YOU and the sweater look fabulous! Every bit of it looks wonderful, and it is the perfect fit. A big congrats to you!

goodkarma said...

You look fantastic in that sweater. Jaw dropping, no kidding. Wow! I'm thrilled that you were able to find enough yarn to finish up. If I were you, I would wear that Forecast all the time!

jillian said...

Wowsa!! Perfection incarnate!

Anonymous said...

Magnificent!

By the way, how do you manage to get it buttoned up like that without gaping on a negative-ease sweater?

Acornbud said...

Wow, very beautiful knit and model. It fits perfectly. Great work and lovely color.

Stinkerbell said...

beyond jaw dropping! this is the first time I am really interested in knitting this sweater.

ASTOUNDING and gorgeous knit good on you!

Terhi said...

It's perfect, the colour, the fit, everything! Congrats!

Teresa C said...

You are right. Jaw dropping! You look hot!

sue said...

Wow, the cardigan looks fabulous on you. I think it looks better than the original, especially since green is my favourite color.

Wool Winder said...

That's a really great sweater. The perfect fit and style for you. Beautiful work!

lene said...

It is truly a masterpiece!

Elemmaciltur said...

Drop-dead-gorgeous sweater!

diana said...

Perfect! So lovely!

Siow Chin said...

This is just GORGEOUS!

ira said...

So nice and much better than in Knitty, just Great!

Tara said...

You're right, girl, that sweater is fabulous!!!! And as always, I am totally diggin the curls

Stephanie said...

Oooh, it's gorgeous. I haven't really liked that sweater, but on you it's stunning. And now I want one too!

kris said...

omg! it's gorgeous! fantastic work! what a great fit and what a great colour/yarn.

that's it, i'm casting on for it RIGHT NOW.

Becky / Knitting Interrupted said...

I have to say that your sweater is just awesomely beautiful. And it looks perfect on. Awesome job!

Ashley said...

OK, late to the party--but I have to agree, Forecast is phenomenal. You have definitely added this one to my must-knit list!

jacqueline said...

see what happens why you are late catching up on bloglines!

someone goes and finishes the most gorgeous sweater!!

well done...it is just perfect!

Petra said...

It's fantastic. Absolutely stunning. I love it!

Purly Whites said...

Carolyn! I'm way behind in my blog reading, so I'm just seeing your Forecast now and Oh my god! It is so fabulous. It's just stunning. It fits you absolutely perfectly and looks so smashing on you. Congratulations!!!

NxtDrGrrl said...

Oh, wow! That looks absolutely gorgeous on you! Nicely done :-D

vanessa said...

wow! i like your sweater much more than the knitty photo :-)

Rachel said...

Beautiful sweater!! I have been wanting to knit this and now I can't resist any longer! Great Job!

ShelbyD said...

It looks amazing!

Vanessa said...

Absolutely gorgeous and it fits you so well.

Anonymous said...

Disgusting and pathetic.. Get a life.