I finally finished my sweater! I think I started this in sometime in September. I wrote about wanting to make it in May, so it's been on my mind for a while. The pattern was originally from Vogue Knitting's Early Fall 2011.
This sweater felt like it took forever. I worked on it on the marching band bus, over thanksgiving break, and over winter break. It would have gone much faster had I worked on it consistently. The body was done on size 11 needles, and the sleeves on 9s. I made a size small, but it's still huge. I wanted huge and cozy, but I didn't realize exactly how big this thing was going to turn out until it was all pieced together. That was when I realized that the armpits are nearly to my elbows.
In the magazine where I got this pattern, the sweater is pictured with a lacy cowl. I made that same cowl before I started the sweater. I really liked the lace pattern, so I added it to the sweater. The sweater pattern didn't have any sort of edging on it, and I don't like rolled stockinette, so I added the lace pattern to the edges, and along the sleeves. I imagined that it would be more dramatic, but I'm not displeased with how it turned out.
The pattern also called for leaving the neckline free to roll, and I didn't like that so much. I picked up stitches after to add ribbing. I don't have much experience with that, so it looks pretty loose. At first I thought it was kind of bad, and planned on fixing it. However, I got a few complements on the lacy neckline, so now I'm telling people that I did it on purpose. Hehe.
I'm calling this the octopus sweater because since it's so large, it tends to billow out around me strangely, in a way that reminds me of tentacles. This pattern was easy to work with, but I don't think I would ever remake this. It's simple enough that I could have made my own pattern easily, and not had to worry about my changes screwing with the existing pattern. It's soft and cozy, though, and I plan on living in it this winter, if it ever gets cold again.