I love the pattern and everything there is to it, but there it lies unfinished. Why? Because I’m making the sweater for myself, and if it is for me, it takes 10 x longer.
That is why I decided to write a post on it. If I feel that I would have to write a similar post in another year, well, that would just be too humiliating! So in order to get my Liesl juices flowing, I will say right here that I will finish Ysolda’s sweater for Spring. There, I said it.
I wrote a few notes about my knitting so far, so here they are:
Mid-February 2009: Bought yarn from New Ewe Yarn Shoppe in
April 7, 2009: After a tedious time of deciding what needle to use (I tried size 7 all the way to size 11), I finally came to using size 10, even though my gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge. (My gauge: 3.5” for one 12 stitch rep / pattern’s gauge: 4” for one 12 stitch rep.) That is OK with me because I will just use my smaller gauge with the next larger size. I’ve used this method before when knitting my Veste Everest.
So what version am I doing? I chose to do the “pink” version (one being worn by the girl in the red dress). It has a high neckline and cap sleeves.
So how is it coming? I must be honest by saying that it is rather difficult to understand the chart instructions. This would be my first time using lace charts so I have to go slow and take my time to learn these new symbols. It will come to me in time. And I am having trouble trying to follow the pattern without schematics. I know this pattern was designed in such a way as to allow the knitter to personalize it by trying it on often, but I still miss my schematics. 🙂 It’s hard to break a habit, I guess.
Update, February 12, 2009: One year since I started. Will try to finish this sweater for Spring.