June 7: FO Friday Downton Pullover

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My Downton Pullover is finally DONE!

(And there was much rejoicing…)

I finished it Saturday night. Just in time for summer. But we’ve had a cool spring, so I might even get to wear it before the summer heat arrives here in Northern Minnesota.

I’ve been waiting almost a week to show my finally finished sweater off here on the blog. Needless to say, I’m pretty happy with the finished results. I didn’t even end up shortening the sleeves.  Once I got the buttons attached, they look and feel just fine. If anything, the Downton Pullover fits a tad wide in my shoulders and chest.  I know it was fitting me rather snugly back in January and February, so I think it must be because I’ve lost a little weight in the last couple months.  Despite that, I’m pleased with it and therefore it must be good enough even for the perfectionist in me.

Never stop learning

I know I still have lots to learn about sweater construction.  Maybe by the end of summer I’ll be ready to tackle another sweater project–especially since I just purchased The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters by Ann Budd.  And until I’m a bit more comfortable with sweater-making, I think I’ll stick to child-sized sweaters.  My 6 year old son will love that.  🙂

A huge thanks to my fabulous photographer. Who just happens to be my 13 year old son.  🙂  Didn’t he get some nice shots today?  As you can see our kitties were looking for lots of attention while we were out doing the photo shoot. And yes, there were several cat-only pictures. And a few of the 6 year old being silly too. Of course.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by and letting me brag a bit today!

And if you’ve got a little time, be sure to check out the FO Friday link up on Tami’s blog to see what other great projects were completed this week!

FO Fridays Tami

As always… I’d love for you to leave me a comment and tell me what you think of today’s FO!

Happy knitting and have a great weekend!



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.