I will try to do this pattern justice in this post...there are so many things about it I love.
Mostly, though, I love how much I want to wear this sweater...
Started: I don't know really...in September.
Finished: September 29, 2009
Pattern: Redhook by Jared Flood. Found in Made in Brooklyn.
Yarn: Classic Elite Moorland, a gorgeous blend of mohair, alpaca and merino. 8 balls of colour 2574
Adjustments: None. I was not sure about the sizing. I would normally knit a med, but that would have no ease. The pattern is made for positive ease...and you know how I feel about that...but it wouldn't have big bulky sleeves and I could wear this open with a fitted shirt underneath so I don't feel like I am wearing a big, bulky and unflattering sweatshirt. So I opted for the large which would give me about 4" of positive ease. The medium would also work for me, for a different look.
So, Redhook, how do I love thee...let me count the ways.
1. You are knit in one piece up to the armholes...little seaming for those who shutter at the thought (and if you do, have no fear...guess who is teaching a course next weekend on finishing!)...although it does make for a whole lot of st st...bitter sweet.
2. You have clever short row shaping instead of regular side seam increases. Hidden little Cat Bordhi wraps...so beautiful executed.
3. You have the most perfect short row shoulders...a technique I had yet to apply to my sweaters. Now I can put a notch in the belt of another brilliant technique to use.
4. You have the most perfectly invisible shoulder seam. No seam at all...due to live stitches and grafting. Your wonderful designer knew that any seam here would take away from the perfect little short ribbed sleeves. Clever.
5. Your sleeve stitches are picked up and worked down with those lovely short rows. Brilliant.
6. You have a beautiful button band and shawl collar...short rows again. Those stretchy little button holes are every so perfect.
7. You are adorned with the most perfect of vintage buttons. Black with a little interest in the profile...gorgeous.
8. Lastly, and most importantly, you look fabulous. Your drape is so lovely...the envy of most sweaters. Your styling is just perfect for hiding that big turkey dinner...not a muffin top in site.
I know you secretly enjoyed the love handling at last nights guild meeting.
I "heart" you Redhook.
If you are lucky enough to head to Rhinebeck this year...my Redhook is coming with me:)