Talk about love at first sight! I normally love pretty much all things Brooklyn Tweed but the latest look book had be at hello with Gudrun’s Kirigami sweater. It’s been FOR-ever since I made a pullover for myself and saw that as a perfect re-introduction. Plus, I have test knitted for Gudrun in the past and know her patterns are always spot on.
I decided to go with the yarn it’s called for, Arbor, which is Brooklyn Tweed’s newer DK weight yarn. I knitted my swatch in the suggested needle size (US 5) and saw my swatch bloom with a wash. I was hesitant to go down a needle size because I figured since I was working the pattern in the round vs flat like my swatch – the difference of in-the-round tension would make up the difference. But let’s be honest here, I was also impatient and decided to go ahead and cast on a sleeve. Sure enough my sleeve gauge was on (Pre-Blocking) so naturally I decided to just go forward with the knitting!
I didn’t do anything fiddly like start with the yoke first (although I see you out there with your provisional cast ons! Brilliant!). I kinda love being “bossed around” with my knitting so I pretty much followed the pattern to the T. I did however do my sleeves first which is always a good idea when working from the bottom up in the round. If you’ve ever ended up on “sleeve island” than you know exactly what I mean!
I decided to knit the 41” as I am typically a 36” bust and wanted something more slouchy than the smaller size which was a 37” bust.
The yoke has such beauty and texture which I find is so flattering.
SO people, let’s have the true confession. I knew I didn’t *quite* get gauge, and yet I still went ahead with knitting… so all day yesterday while this girlie blocked I was sweating bullets because sure enough the whole thing bloomed to another size completely! I didn’t pin it out – more like every once in a while I kept going back to smoosh it smaller and smaller. Even now, all dried it is a bit too large for me (esp the sleeves, ack!) but I still LOVE IT and will wear it a lot. The yarn, Arbor, is so soft and I can tell will get even softer with wear.
Am I a little bummed it’s not exactly the size I wanted? Of course. I didn’t stop myself when I should have but I actually love it so much that I am thinking of making another in a smaller size with a different color.
It’s just so classic and I can see myself wanting to wear it again and again. But let it be a lesson for you all – Trust Your Gauge (!!!) and definitely do a gauge swatch if you’re making a sweater. Don’t be like me and pretend it’s going to work because it will not. (cue the More You Know music!)
Oh knitting, I do love you so. It was really wonderful to get back into a project so deeply that I
totally nearly ignored my children.