Lately I have been very drawn to Alpaca Wool and natural fibers with a little sparkle. I have a problem where I just grab one skein of something that suits my fancy and then my only option is to make a hat. I love making hats but I have too many.
This sweater was the answer to my problem because I got to use a little bit of each yarn in the making of it!
Also I had imagined this heathered alpaca I bought as the sleeve and back and I was so excited.
As I got started I realized I probably wouldn't have enough of the heathered alpaca so I used this beautiful pinkish purple tweed I got at Vogue Knitting Live for the back. I started running out so I created a yoke of stripes for the back from same yarn as the granny square.
The sleeves were made according to pattern and I thought they were too short, but then I saw in the photo that her sleeves were 3/4 length. I added an extra long ribbing wrist cuff
As I was piecing it together I realized my sleeves were not fitting with the granny square. I had knit a gauge and done everything correctly, but there was a snafu and I couldn't get my head through the neck hole.
I was pretty proud of myself because I figured out how to pick up some stitches on the top of my already finished sleeve and created a triangle that allowed for just enough space for the neckband. I did the same thing on both sides and it fixed the problem! I was SOOOOOO proud of myself, like I am still beaming about it weeks later. I love it. It's warm, it fits me perfectly, it's all my favorite colors and yarns and it was knit AND crochet and the end.