Downton Pullover: knit project

A few weeks before Christmas I was perusing all the winter and fall issues of Interweave Knits magazine that I have. And I fell in love with the Downton Pullover {sweater} in the Fall 2012 issue.  I, like many of you I’m sure, am a Downton Abbey fan and this lightweight sweater is reminiscent of the Downton time period without being out-dated looking.  It was exactly what I wanted.  You see, I’ve only made one sweater before this…and it didn’t work out so well. That sweater, although it turned out as well as it should have, doesn’t fit me. It’s too wide in the shoulders. So it disappointed me that I put all that work into a sweater only to have one that looks awful on me.

Anyways, I looked hard at the measurements for the various sizes of the Downton Pullover and determined that the small should fit me really well. And so I asked my hubby if he would let me get the yarn as my Christmas gift from him. He agreed. (Easy gift for him–no worries I won’t like it!)

The yarn came; I wrapped it and put it under the Christmas tree and waited.

Right after Christmas, I started knitting my gauge swatch. The pattern calls for size US5 and US3 needles. My knitting is generally tighter-than-average, so I tried a few sizes just to be sure I had the right needles. It worked out that the US6 (and US4) were just right and I just so happened to have them in my Knit Picks options.  Perfect! I didn’t need to buy needles.

So I’ve been working on this project for nearly 3 months. I have the body knitted and am currently working on the first sleeve. It sometimes feels like really slow going. And sometimes I’m just not in the mood for knitting the honeycomb pattern. So I could be further along on it than I am. But that’s okay. When I work on it, I am enjoying seeing it take shape.

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The yarn is Classic Elite Yarns Fresco just as the pattern recommends.  My colors are very similar, however the mallard blue wasn’t available so I purchased blue teal instead.  It’s still quite lovely combined with the taupe.

And if you’re drooling over the lovely yarn bowl, I must share that it was a wonderful gift from my potter friend, Patty.  You can check out her work here.