Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Completed: Aiken by Andi Satterlund

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In the past month and a half I've completed two sweaters, but my latest completed project is this lovely blue dream! I used another Andi Satterlund pattern because she has quickly become one of my favorite knitwear designers. I like her patterns because most of her sweaters are seamless, and as a person who doesn't like to hand sew that much, being able to skip that step entirely is a definite plus!

This sweater in particular is called the Aiken and it was the fastest sweater I've ever knit. I finished it in about two weeks! The diamond lace pattern was not too tricky and became rather repetitive after a few rounds so it was easy to remember, and then the rest of the sweater was basically stockinette stitch. For non-knitters, stockinette is a very basic stitch, it makes the smooth looking stitches you see everywhere else besides the very bottom and the lace pattern at the top. 

I did modify the pattern a bit and went with short sleeves. This decision came to be partially because I really wanted to make the sleeves that sort of longer short sleeve length I've seen on a lot of vintage sweaters, and because I recycled this yarn which was supposed to be used for a different pattern and as I started the sleeves I was worried that I would run out if I tried to do the full length. I actually think the shorter sleeves work, especially since the sweater itself is a bit cropped. I feel like I will get a lot of use out of this sweater because the pattern is basic enough that it's very versatile, but it has a fun bit of flair to it!

**I also apologize for the lack of full length pictures, my tripod broke a while ago and I haven't replaced it yet, so phone selfies will have to do for the time being!**

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