Buttons have been sewn!! It only took three weeks. This is my Bernadette Sweater for the Big Bang Theory Knitalong. Tell me this does not look like Bernadette! It may be making my IQ score rise with each button I fasten. If not, I can always fall back on the Penny Vest, right?
Andi Satterlund is the queen of the cropped sweater. It’s not the only thing she designs (she’s got all kinds of variety), but she has certainly perfected it. In fact, I noticed she released a free pattern today for another one. It is a timeless, feminine look that I could use in my oversized, scruffy wardrobe.
My notes: This pattern was well written and stayed interesting to the end. I made no modifications except to cut the ribbing short on the sleeves when I began to run out of yarn.
I got gauge before blocking, but afterward my stitch count was 1/2 stitch less per inch. I changed to size 2 needles and that fixed that. At 33″, it fits perfectly with 1- 2″ of negative ease.
On the lace stitch pattern of the afterthought sleeves, I looked at Andi’s sample to decide how many lace stitch repeats to do every 8 rounds. I did not want my lace near the short row wraps.
For buttons, I just got the cheapest little off-white, pearlized buttons at the hobby store. I didn’t have a lot to choose from, but I actually liked the white. It made me think of sweaters I wore as a girl, and this is such a girlish sweater.
My yarn was three skeins of Gynx organic merino Aran in the bamboo colorway. Can you see it’s subtle, semi- solid nature? Gah! I’ve never knit a whole sweater in indie dyer yarn before. That’s not normally in my crafting budget; but these skeins were on sale, this KAL was happening, and the Hetty pattern was for a cropped sweater with only three quarter length sleeves. Basically, the planets aligned and it was meant to be mine. Totally worth the knot tying.