Monday, January 23, 2012

Inadvertent Designing - Thankful in Malabrigo

I'm working up another Thankful sweater in some divine Malabrigo Chunky in colorway Stone Blue.  This yarn is so lovely to work with, and I love the slight tonal variations.  I ended up having to move down to a US 10, (6.5mm) needle to get the right stockinette gauge.  

I and just finishing up the Right Sleeve/Top piece and couldn't help but notice that the little bit of border pattern added to the back neck piece is pulling in just a bit.  I was at first a little horrified by this, and was on the verge of ripping it out when I decided to go look at the original piece for the design.  Low and behold, the border had pulled in a bit on that sweater as well.  Looking further, I decided that this "feature" was not a mistake that needed to be fixed, but in fact, an inadvertent design enhancement.  The little bit of shortness in the neck border creates a little bit of give in the back of the sweater.  This is in fact way this sweater fits as well as it does around your neck and shoulders.  Ha, I love it when a plan comes together - cough, cough....

This sweater is working up so quickly, I should have it done by the end of the week in time to wear it at the Fans of Mass Avenue Knits gathering this weekend. 

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