I can’t believe it, my sweater is finally finished! I have been dreaming of this sweater since I picked up my yarn for it at the 4-H Fiber Fun Festival in my hometown. I knew I wanted to knit one, but it wasn’t until I picked up the yarn, a lovely cone of Brown Sheep Company Lanaloft Sport in the Sandstone Cove colorway, that I knew I was ready. The yarn is delicious, the pattern is simple and elegant, and the overall finished object is definitely my new favorite sweater.
I started knitting my Anne’s Sweater (from Green Gables Knits, click here to read my review on the book itself) back in March. I am finally getting better about using my own measurements to customize my garments. I decided to (mostly) keep the sweater as written, except to put the shaping in the back and above the bum. I’m not exactly sure if this made the sweater fit me better or worse, I still have a lot to learn about fit. I also changed the sleeves to be shorter, I knew I would wear it more often if my arms had a bit more room to breathe, and I like the lines it creates on my overall body shape.
The pattern itself is very easy to understand and follow. As a top-down raglan, it is knit mostly in stockinette with ribbing and a clever pocket treatment. (Seriously, pockets on a sweater? Swoon!) I worked really hard on it for a month or so, and as I started the final ribbing I made a big mistake on the pocket (my own fault for paying too much attention to Battlestar Galactica) and I decided to put the sweater in time out for awhile. After I returned from Stitches Midwest, I felt completely inspired to finish some projects in my stash and get ready for fall. This was the first project I pulled out, and I knew I definitely wanted it done. In fact, I had bought several dresses on clearance at Old Navy, and I knew the sweater would match all of them. I whipped up the pocket and ribbing, and even though I normally hate ribbing, this pattern really makes it a sanity saver.
Pattern: Anne’s Sweater from Green Gables Knits by Joanna Johnson
Yarn: Brown Sheep Company Lanaloft Sport, “Sandstone Cove” colorway
Needles: US 4 (Ribbing) and US 6 (Stockinette)
Size: 36 bust with a few modifications
This sweater is a perfect match for so many outfits in my wardrobe. It goes with cute dresses, t-shirts and jeans, and I even find myself tossing it on during random days when the weather is chilly enough to wear it. I didn’t block it for a few days because we had a short rainy season, and I couldn’t wait! I honestly don’t think I would change anything about it, it really is my new favorite sweater!