Well, Hey! Let’s dust this thing off, shall we?
The cooler temperatures have arrived! No, that is not excitement, but an embracing of the inevitable. In utter defiance of September’s arrival, my last finished creative project was a pair of shorts, but the cool air has showed me who is boss and kindly whispered, “Next summer, babe.” And so I shift my attention to coats, long sleeves, and my fall favorite: Hand knit sweaters.
I worked on the Turnstone Pullover throughout the summer months. I like to have that knitting project waiting in the wings for days where I don’t want the physical demands of sewing with standing, cutting, and moving from table to machine or for days I don’t want to bend to see the fine details of beading.
The pattern called for KnitPick’s Shine Sport and that is the yarn I used in Sailor and Robot colorways. Even using the same yarn I was unable to get the gauge called for in pattern. So I knitted a few swatches with different sized needles to see how close I would get to the same number of stitches per inch and I knit the size that was closest to it. To explain, my bust is about 38.5″, but I ended up knitting the sweater of finished measurements of 35″.
For the row gauge I did not do any calculations, but crossed my fingers and hope to God it wouldn’t be too short. The way this sweater is designed, you must have the length of the sweater on point before joining the front and back panels to knit the sleeves. I was definitely flirting with danger by not doing any calculations, but it all turned out well. I did knit a few extra rows as called for in the pattern to account for any ease I might need for more bust room.
To get the sleeve length I tried it on to estimate the right length. I have long arms and also wanted full length sleeves. I wish I added just a tiny bit more length to them, but I am still pleased with the sweater overall. I love stripes and chevrons and I love the contrast of the two colors that I picked. The yarn is cotton and modal and while that might not be the warmest combo, my Turnstone has a nice comfy feel to it.
- Pattern: Turnstone Pullover
- Yarn: Knitpick’s Shine Sport on US 8
- Colorway: Sailor and Robot
- Size: 35″