Or, well, not. But "Something Brown" just sounds....ugh.
Pattern: Something Red, from Knit and Tonic, size XS (32" bust)
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton in Espresso, 5 skeins (I have about 1/5 skein leftover)
Needles: KnitPicks Options Circulars, US 7, one US 9 needle for binding-off
Notions: One button (courtesy of Windsor Button), needles and thread (how lovely that the color name of the thread matching my yarn is "Cloister Brown." Yay, it's a nun sweater!)
Date Started: May 31
Date Finished: June 9
I altered the increases for the waist of the sweater -- I used a lifted increase instead of an M1 (I also did this with the neckline increases), and placed them inside the other knit stitches instead of at the edge (ie, between a knit and a purl). I think, given that I was using a cotton yarn (which is less forgiving than wool), it made my increases look a little less noticable. I did place my increase rounds in the specified location, though.
When the body switches from stockinette to ribbing, I knit 3 stitches on both ends instead of just 2 -- this way, when I picked-up stitches for the button bands, I'd have two knit stitches bordering the bands instead of just one.
I picked up far more stitches than called for when knitting the collar and button bands -- I followed my general habit of picking up 3 stitches for every 4 rows of knitting, and that's how it turned-out.
I made 3/4 length sleeves (okay, they're not quite that long, but I never hear people talking about 2/3 length sleeves), as I'm not a big fan of sweaters with elbow-length sleeves (they just don't look quite right on me, and I don't live in a climate where they're all that practical). I knit in stockinette down to the elbow, then switched to ribbing, starting my ribbing with an increase round (*K2, P1, M1P, P1* repeat to end), and knit in K2,P3 ribbing for 3.5 inches before binding off. This makes the sleeves bell out a little, which I like (it echoes the body of the sweater).
I think this pattern is brilliant. It looks so flattering (even unbuttoned, which surprises me!), it is so comfortable, and it was so quick to knit...though, I had some insomnia issues in the last week, which probably contributed to finishing this in under 10 days. I wanted a sweater that I could wear with jeans or a summery skirt, that could look both casual and a little dressy. Lovely.
Even better, this yarn can handle a brief tumble in the dryer. I didn't throw it in there soaking wet, mind you, but 10 minutes in the dryer fluffed it up nicely. I can tell this stuff is going to fuzz-up a bit, but the softness is worth it (this is, by far, the softest cotton yarn I have ever handled).