Monday, January 23, 2017

FO: Agatha

I'm so happy - my first cardigan of 2017 is finished!
The pattern is Agatha, by Andi Satterland. It was knit as part of her Selfish Sweater KAL and this is the second year I've participated.

Last year, I made Mary Mead. And while I'm pleased with Mary, I'm much happier with Agatha as she fits better. (I learned a thing or two from that first KAL).

I love Andi's designs. Their retro style is the perfect compliment to my dress collection, and my curvy figure. I only wish she'd design more in lighter yarns. Most of her designs are in Worsted/Aran, and I generally prefer sport to fingering knits. But... I love the designs so much, it's worth knitting the odd heavier sweater. They do knit up nice and fast. This one was cast on December 26, and cast off January 19. And that wasn't steady knitting.
As you can see, Agatha is a nice mix of lace leaves (my favourite!) and sharp ribbing. And the back is just as pretty as the front
There's even lace down the sleeves
But can you see the mistake I made on that sleeve? Look closer
The leaf stems are suppose to alternate direction, but those two go the same way. I was a few leaves beyond when I noticed. It was the second sleeve, I was keen to get it done, and I figure unless I point it out - no one is going to notice. I don't regret it!

While I thought I'd knit 3/4 sleeves (the pattern calls for full length with a folded cuff), mine actually blocked out to perfect wrist length. Not what I planned, but I won't complain.

For buttons, I went nice and simple
Aunt Jess' button stash yielded up the perfect number of these subtle, tortoiseshell buttons. The yarn used.

The yarn used is Debbie Bliss Merino Aran in a soft, sage green. It was nice to knit with, but I have to admit, I've gotten to used to wearing superwash and silkblend yarns. It's a nice soft yarn, but it does have a little more itch than I'm used to, but it's not unwearable.

In fact, I think this one will get a lot of wear. While we are experience slightly warmer than normal weather lately, my office is ice cold! The heavier weight should keep my nice and warm while I'm working.

I'll try to get modeled shots of this one soon, but I can't make any promises. Without a car, getting to my favourite photographer isn't as easy as it use to be!


Araignee said...

That really is a beautiful sweater. Well done!

Delighted Hands said...

Stunning! No one is going to notice the leaves on the sleeves unless you leave the blue circled area on the sweater! lol
This is quite an accomplishment to start the year in good knit results! Hooray!

Anonymous said...

Agatha turned out beautiful. You picked the perfect color for "leaves"! Congrats on the finish and happy WEARING!

Vera said...

Oh my gosh - this turned out so beautiful! And I love the buttons. Well done. I can't believe you've finished a sweater already!!

The Well Fed Wheel said...

Love this! Beautiful pattern and the buttons are perfect against the sage green. Well done!

Bridget said...

Wow, so lovely! The color is perfect with the pattern, and I'm always a sucker for tortoiseshell anything.

chrisknits said...

GOR-GE-OUS!!! I can't wait to see it on. Wondering which dress it's going to compliment? And shoes, which shoes you will wear with it!!

Cat Lover said...

The sweater looks lovely! I SO love the colour. Congrats, a great job!

kathy b said...

Another wonderful sweater finish! My goodness you nailed it. You didnt have to show us the leaf thing, its perfect!

Rachelle said...

It does look good and I can see it working well with the dresses you wear too.