Wow, I can’t believe I’m already sharing another finished sweater here. Now that I’ve hit 13, my amended goal for the year, I’m seriously questioning my motivations for taking on this challenge in the first place. Like, what was I thinking? Who needs this many sweaters? Of course, I haven’t knit every sweater for myself, one I knit for Pom Pom Quarterly, one I knit for my husband, and I’m pretty sure my sister will be getting some in the mail at the end of the year. I feel really lucky that I’ve been able to devote so much time to this project. My wardrobe has totally changed. I have no store bought sweaters at all. And I now have hand knit sweaters I can wear in every season, in any weather, for any occasion. That’s pretty cool.
I am so glad I chose Adamantine for my 13th sweater. I loved the unique cable pattern. Even though it looks traditional at first glance, when you’re knitting it you can see the small details that make it really special. For example, the 6st cables on either side of the center twist in opposite directions. So simple, but it makes a huge difference in the finished appearance of the pattern.
Adamantine is knit in pieces and seamed together. And even though this is my least favorite way to knit a sweater, I do love the way the seam line looks on the finished sweater. Overall the sweater has a very tailored appearance, and it keeps a boxy shape, even though there is shaping worked in to the pattern.
This was my first time using the “sloped bind-off” method and I really love the way it helped shape the shoulders. I made hardly any changes at all to my Adamantine. I used sport weight yarn instead of worsted, because I bought this golden-tan yarn at SAFF from Bovidae Farms and thought it would look fantastic. I used smaller needles and went up two sizes in the pattern in order to accommodate my gauge. I knit the sweater a couple of inches shorter than the pattern called for because I wanted a more cropped look, and I used a traditional bind-off for the collar instead of the tubular bind-off.
You can get see more information about my yardage and needle size on my Ravelry project page.
I’m not sure what comes next. I have been working on a little extra something for the year, but mostly I’m trying to figure out a way to summarize this experience. I will be posting something at the end of December with a recap of the year, favorites, least favorites, best yarn, most fun, etc etc.
Comment on this post if there is anything YOU would like to know about this experience! I’d love to hear your thoughts, or if you’ve knit a mess of sweaters in one year, how did it make you feel?