Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Loppem

So here it is, the lovely Loppem:


  • Pattern: Loppem (From Norah Gaughan Collection No. 3)
  • Yarn: Red Rocks Fiber Works 'Winter Park' (100% Merino) in Colour 'Sing like Pink' (if only I could!)
  • Size: I chose to knit one size larger than I normally would. One of the things I like about this pattern booklet is that it shares the actual size of the model, and the size she is wearing. It seems the tiny wee thing in the book was wearing a size larger than I would have picked for her... and so I figured I'd take the same approach.
  • Modifications: I did knit the yoke a little longer than the pattern calls for simply because I wanted the cable pattern to finish at the end of a repeat (vs the middle of one)
  • Things I'd do differently next time: In hindsight I would have made the lower section a touch longer instead of the yoke. This way I'd still get my full cable pattern repeat and I'd have the cute cap sleeves. Not that it looks bad as is. I'm actually super happy with the outcome. I just think it could be improved on... aah the beauty of hindsight.


I was a little disappointed with how the pattern was written. (Note: check for errata before you begin - I know this should be a general rule of thumb for all patterns). Aside from the errata issue, I'm never fond of having to figure out how to evenly space increases or decreases... I like the pattern to do that for me. (Picture it - late at night, feet up, glass of wine... that's right the brain has gone into relax mode... last thing it needs is to kick back into gear to solve some basic math).

I absolutely love this yarn. Such a rich colour. And so very soft and smooshy. And I think there might be enough left to make myself some fingerless mittens. Bonus!

And, as I mentioned in my last post, this counts as my NaKniSweMoDo sweater for April.

17 comments:

Oiyi said...

The sweater is beautiful!!! And it looks great on. I agree that I don't like figuring my increases and decreases. That's what a pattern is for, imho.

lucy said...

Lovely! Truly an outstanding colour.

Mary-Kay said...

Hey it's AWESOME!!!! Great job and the yarn looks wonderful. I can't wait to see it in person!

Judy said...

Fabulous color and looks great on you.

Stacey said...

I'm speechless. Seriously. You are just too cute in all the sweaters you make!! :) Hope to see you soon!

moo said...

Oh, wow! Love the color! You did a fabulous job, Sam! I wish I could see you in person. This is so cute.

StarSpry said...

I love it, Sam! Loppem looks great, and extra yarn for fingerless mittens would be a wonderful bonus :D

Bea said...

Lovely. I think I need to put this one in my queue.

tiennie said...

I think this is so lovely on you! It irritates me when I forget to check for errata too. :(

theknittingcowgirl said...

Hello Sam!
It looks gorgeous!!! I love this color, it so "springful" :-)

It's nice to have some yarn left... there are too many little things to do with 50 grams of wool!! :-)

amanda said...

Look at those cables pop!
I think you were right to add length to ensure ending after a full pattern repeat. These details make all the difference.

iknitipurl said...

Looks great and in such a pretty shade of pink. I really like the way the cable panels intertwine.

PrincessPea said...

It looks really beautiful. Your photos are really inspiring!

Jac said...

The colour is georgous sis, and has turned out well - you must have one hundred sweaters in your closet now, the knitters version of Carrie Bradshaw!! xxxxx

Pixie said...

I just finished this sweater two weeks ago and I love it! I agree about the decreases in the pattern, i was a little more than slightly irritated at sorting them out, but in the end I love my sweater.

Kristina Knits said...

OMG that sweater is GORGEOUS!!!! I love it!!

hyeknitter said...

She's so pretty! You're keeping up with NaKniSweMoDo so well - I just barely started my fourth sweater.