FO: Paper Dolls

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Yarn:  Rowan Scottish Tweed 4-ply in Grey Mist, Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop 4-ply in Dark Grey and Pomegranate (note: ordered Wensleydale yarn from the UK, not available in US as far as I know)

Needles - US Size 3 9 inch, 16 inch, 24 inch, and 32 inch

This sweater took a very long time to make.  The main body was over 200 stitches to the round and the yoke was about 350 stitches until I decreased for the neckline.  I worked on it off and on for over two months.

The sweater was knit in the round from the bottom up, seamlessly.  I started with an i-cord cast on and worked corrugated ribbing for a few inches, then knitted the main body of the sweater in the Scottish Tweed for what seemed like forever.  I did some gentle decreases at the waist.  If I had it to do over again I'd do more waist shaping, but it fits fine as it is.  I increased again at the bust, then made the sleeve caps individually on the 9 inch circular needle, again working an i-cord cast on and two inches or so of corrugated ribbing.  I joined the sleeves to the body of the sweater and then worked the geometric motif and the paper dolls pattern in stranded knitting at the yoke.  The paper dolls required very long floats which I had to attach to the garment in the middle of the float, a very tedious and time-consuming process.  It was difficult to avoid puckering on the fair isle yoke, due to the long floats, but it all evened out in blocking.  Finally I decreased over several rounds for the neck, worked about an inch of corrugated ribbing, and used an i-cord bind off to finish it.

Thoughts on the yarn - the Wensleydale longwool is a joy to work with. I bought it from ecoknits.co.uk, which is a wonderful website.  It didn't bleed at all in washing and has a beautiful soft hand.  The Rowan Scottish Tweed is a more traditional Shetland wool and was pretty scratchy and unpleasant to handle, but after I washed it, it softened up a lot.  

I just love this sweater and I think it's perfect for fall.  Lately I've been infatuated with fair-isle knitting and have plans for much more of it this fall and winter, but next on my list is completing the yak/bamboo maternity or not cardigan, which my sister-in-law's sister, Jen, who is expecting a baby boy in February, has graciously agreed to model for me.  I'm about 85 percent finished now so look for another FO post soon!

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