I had this whole plan to share photos of my sweater in progress with you guys. I even took photos, and had a whole post planned out. But then I got really busy and sort of forgot to blog, and maybe sort of finished my sweater before I got around that post.
This is what I was going to share with you all.
And this is what I have to share now.
This is my Strokkur, done in Topsy Farms wool from my LYS. I made a lot of modifications to this pattern, and I am really, really happy with how things turned out.
First, the sizing – I intentionally chose a size bigger than my bust size, to give myself about 2″ of positive ease. This is partly because I wanted a cozy-feeling sweater, but also because this yarn is sheepy. I mean this in the best possible way – it’s got wonderful loft and is wonderfully warm. However, the tradeoff to this is that it is a bit on the scratchy side. With a bit of extra ease so that the fabric isn’t pulled tight against my body, I can wear it next to my skin and I’m not itchy at all. (In these photos, I have a t-shirt on underneath. I’ve worn it with just a tank underneath with no problems.)
I also modified the original pullover of the pattern to be a cardigan. Because of the colourwork yoke, I ended up adding in a steek instead of working back-and-forth. I cast on an extra five stitches for my steek, and used crocheted reinforcements. You can see my reinforcing thread next to the yoke in some of these photos – I didn’t weave in the ends tightly enough and my cat pulled them loose!
I finished the fronts by picking up stitches and binding off with an i-cord bind-off, then sewed in the zipper by hand.
I also added a hood! There is more about how I did this on my Ravelry page for this project, but essentially I worked it as written to the collar, and then just kept knitting.
I am really, really happy with this finished sweater. My modifications turned out exactly like I’d hoped, and the end product is so warm. I’m going to get a ton of wear out of it this winter, I can already tell.