This has been a long time coming. Ravello, gifted to me by Isabell Kraemer (Thank you, Isabell!), is the perfect lightweight, weekend sweater. Let me prove it: it has stripes, is lightweight, isn’t shaped in the waist, has easily modified raglan sleeves, and is tweed. What else do you want?
The only reason it took me so long to knit was that I left off to do some Big Bang Theory themed knits. Then I ran out of firecracker yarn and waited to order more until I had an excuse to make a free shipping-sized order. It was just about trying to be practical. I couldn’t order one skein of sock yarn and pay shipping. I couldn’t.
This design was a good opportunity to play with color. I tried a combination of colors I’ve never used before here and love the way they work together. It’s Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in thirst, Prussian, and firecracker. The orange against blue is pretty cool. It’s also really soft next to my skin.
Another thing I really like about this one is the raw neckline. It makes me think of Saturday mornings.
My modifications were to decrease 12 sts evenly before the bottom ribbing to keep it from being loose and floppy. Since the whole thing was worked with a size 0 or 1 needle, I couldn’t really move down a size to make the ribbing tighter.
I also did more stripes down the arms than suggested in the pattern and made a couple of stripes at the hem. Those added stripes were because I was running short of firecracker and Prussian. I ran short anyway, as I mentioned earlier, but I like the additional sleeve stripes.
I’m still not sure if I like the stripes at the bottom. They make me think of terry cloth v-neck tshirts I wore in the 90s that were sort of sports inspired. But, then again, it makes me think of shirts I wore in the 90s, so I will probably go with it. Thanks again, Isabell! I truly love this pattern. I’m already thinking of alternative colors to use for one for my daughter.