Hello, inaugural blog post.
Last week I FINALLY finished my Gable Pullover and, much to my surprise, it turned out better than I thought it would. Here's my take on it:
The Pattern: This is very classic Hannah Fettig. Can I just say, boy do I love me some Hannah Fettig. She has a very clean aesthetic that yields super wearable designs. I really enjoyed reading her Designer Conversation with Jared Flood about her design process and the making of Gable. I loved what she said about designing around trends in a way that make them timeless. This pattern really showcases that "trendy without being trendy" quality. The high-low hem (is that still considered trendy?? Idk) with the little twisted rib triangle in the front sold me. I will say this, this sweater is not for those who aren't fans of empire waists or a-line cuts. If you have a larger bust, I'd definitely recommend thinking about nixing the a-line shaping and add some waist shaping. Another thing I liked about this sweater was the sleeves which seems to be a point of contention on Ravelry. Yes, they are big but they are meant to be that way. The great thing about them is that it's easy to wear a collared shirt underneath them and the minimal shaping does not give you that oh-so-70s bell sleeve look which I hate with a passion rivaled only by my hate for cheap yarn (it's serious you guys.) Also, I think they really compliment the ease of the a-line. But, if you like a tapered sleeve, I don't think it ruins the sweater or anything so modify away. I'd recommend casting on 60 or 62 sts and go from there. If you're uncomfortable with modifying increases, I find Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage system a good place to start which is in nearly all of her books (wait you don't own any EZ books?!? STOP READING THIS SILLY BLOG AND GO PURCHASE ONE AND LET YOUR NEW LIFE BEGIN. But this will suffice until you can get your silly-self to the nearest book purveyor pronto.)
The Yarn: Mmmm mmm mmmm Brooklyn Tweed LOFT. We'll just call it Good Wool certified. Never have I blocked a sweater and been so utterly mystified by it's seemingly alchemy-induced transformation after blocking. Blooms like a dream. And the color. Ohh lala Old World. So versatile, I know I'll get a lot of use out of this sweater. But that's all Brooklyn Tweed colors really. Even though they have a wide range of colors, somehow I feel like they're all their own neutral. Call me crazy. You do have to be very careful when knitting LOFT, it's lightly spun and really delicate meaning it breaks EASILY. I was being pretty mindful about how I handled it and still I broke a few strands in the middle of my knitting. But, worth it.