Friday, January 27, 2012

Octopus Sweater

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.


  1. Is that the drapey loose sweater by faith hale...did you use a lightweight yarn and two sizes of needles as the pattern suggested? I'm thinking of making it with a sock weight cashmere blend but not switching to the larger needles, just doing the whole thing with the smaller needles...also your looks much shorter than theirs...did you change the length? Now I'm scared... :-) thanks for any info you can give.

    1. I didn't use the smaller needles at all, I did the whole thing on the larger ones. I think I also made mine shorter on purpose. I wanted it to hit at hip length, so I just used the measurements for the top to stop when I thought it was long enough. Let me know if you have any more questions!