Saturday, February 23, 2013

Evergreen with a bit of Moss Stitching

This is the second time I have attempted to knit this sweater.  The first was one of those projects that was started because I had the urge to knit, and wanted to jump right in.  On short notice, the only semi-suitable yarn was a variegated sock yarn that I found at my local JoAnn Fabrics.  As I was knitting, I had my doubts, and I should have trusted them.  The finished sweater was tiny!  Sure, I could get it on, but it was too tight to be comfortable.  And the yarn choice might have worked for a pair of socks, but the color pooling was not great looking on a sweater.

The problem with negative ease is anticipating just how much the finished project will stretch, enough to suit the design, but not so much that it makes me look like I am stuffed inside a sausage casing.  For my second try, I went a little too far in the other direction.  The sweater is just a little too big, but it is super comfy, so it's a keeper!    

This one was also too long for my taste when I was finished, and I had no desire to unravel from the bottom, so I hemmed the knitting.  And it worked! 

I really like the way the hem looks, and may end up adding a mini hem to the sleeves as well, since the edges have a tendency to curl.

And the moss stitch yoke and added ruffle adds the perfect amount of girly embellishments.

I decided to follow the vintage instructions to make some crochet buttons.  As a form (and to make the button edges “solid” and easy to get through the buttonholes) I used my handy dandy Dritz plastic rings.

It feels wonderful to finally have a completed project!  

Sweater:  Made by me, “Young and Pretty” from A Stitch in Time, Volume 1
Skirt:  Made by me, Simplicity 4044
Shoes:  Seychelles


  1. Oh, this is lovely! I always though that sweater was a tad too girly for me, but yours looks so great that you might have converted me. Love the buttons, too!

  2. Absolutely lovely sweater. I adore the feminine ruffles and sophisticated emerald green hue. You always create the most incredibly lovely, wearable, inspiring garments, dear gal.

    ♥ Jessica

  3. Very pretty sweater...and I love the button detail. Thanks for sharing about hemming, I would never have thought of that!

  4. I love that sweater! Susan Crawford's designs are always so pretty. The green looks lovely on you :)

  5. So beautiful! I love the yoke, love the color, love the buttons. The hem looks like part of the overall design.

  6. Absolutely fit, in color, knitting and on you!