At long last, Liv is done. Although I’m not completely happy with the modeling shot, I am pleased with the sweater—and the redone sleeve length.
The design is lovely, but I wasn’t prepared for the many alterations I had to make and for the idiosyncrasies of Silky Wool. The yarn is very stretchy, particularly in the vertical direction, and it was very hard to adjust the pattern. In order to get gauge, I had to change the recommended size 6 and 4 (US) needles to 4s and 2s (and size 3 on the reknit sleeves).
The pattern is in Elsebeth Lavold’s Designer’s Choice Book 1, and the yarn was cinnamon (a discontinued color).
Having finished Liv, I can now turn to the Devonshire jacket. I basted the fronts, back, and collar so I could see where the armhole falls and how it is coming along. And I worked with Liv’s sleeve measurements to modify the sleeve pattern. I now have rewritten directions that will get me the sleeve I want, and that will be this week’s knitting.
After trying on the Devonshire jacket, I decided not to line it. The slip-stitch pattern is very tight, and the jacket holds its shape very well. It has to stretch a bit over my hips, and if I line it, it might not. Perhaps if I knit another pattern from Jean Frost’s Jackets book, I’ll make it shorter and do a lining.
I wasn’t quite sure how the collar would look until I basted it in place. It is a bit lopsided (and not yet blocked), but it will be fine. I like the idea of the fittings at this point in a sweater project, particularly because you can use the “real” gauge of big pieces to adjust for sleeves.