Finished Object: Lila Pullover

wearing my Lila in the wilds of Northern Michigan

wearing my Lila in the wilds of Northern Michigan

I'm wearing this sweater as I type this post... what more can I say? Ok, I can certainly say more. This is my best fitting sweater to date, in quite a few ways, so I'm happy to wax poetic on it.

my slow but steady sweater progress

my slow but steady sweater progress

It physically fits my body well, with just the right amount of ease thanks to some patient knitting and minor modifications. While knitting, I was most worried about the neckline since picking up stitches doesn't feel like my strongest skill, but it ended up laying nicely and being a flattering shape since it shows a bit of my collarbone. Also, I have very narrow shoulders and by decreasing a bit more aggressively on my raglans, the sweater isn't bulky or baggy around my bust and underarms. I additionally extended the length of the body of the sweater about two inches since I have a longer torso, and I love the a-line, slightly swingy shape on my body.  Credit is also due to the O-Wool Balance yarn I used, which is a blend of organic merino and organic cotton, for the great drape and stitch definition.

the magic of short rows

the magic of short rows

This sweater is also the best match to my wardrobe to date. When I first started knitting, I was so enamored with the process and with learning new techniques that I'd try anything regardless of whether it actually reflected my personal style - so bright colors, superwash wools, unusual shapes, and lots of stitch patterning were the norm. As I've become a more seasoned knitter, I've come to terms with a few things: I love neutral colors and natural fibers; I mostly wear simple silhouettes and classic styles; stockinette is my boring, but reliable friend. My Lila hits all of those bullet points, which means I'll actually wear it. I already took it along on vacation to Northern Michigan and I happily wore it on several chilly days - it was perfect!

the initial swatch in O-Wool, knit in the round.

the initial swatch in O-Wool, knit in the round.

Finally, the Lila pattern really meshed well with my personal knitting practice. I started this sweater in November 2015 and didn't finish it until August 2016. This is all to say, I'm not a speedy knitter. My knitting mojo ebbs and flows and I'm learning to not judge myself on it. This sweater taught me that I can stay dedicated to successfully making garments over long periods of time. I've become better at taking useful notes and tracking my progress more thoughtfully, and it is even encouraging me to pick up some long-lost works in progress (hello, Pomme de Pin Cardigan from 2014).

Lila in all her glory... and me without makeup.

Lila in all her glory... and me without makeup.

All in all, this was a great project to rejuvenate my knitting practice and remind me why I fell in love with making things with my hands in the first place. 

Project stats:
Pattern - Lila Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge
Yarn - O-Wool Balance
My knitting progress documented on Ravelry and Instagram.