Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Sweater

Here’s my second FO of 2010 – a very fuzzy sweater!

Pattern: Viola from ‘French Girl Knits’
Yarn: Knit Picks Suri Dream in Blackberry
Needles: US 7 and US 10.5
Started: Nov 21, 2009
Finished: Jan 6, 2010

Modifications: I made several modifications to this.
1. I substituted the Suri Dream for the mohair blend yarn called for in the pattern. I am allegic to mohair, but I really liked the fuzzy look of this sweater. So far, the alpaca is not making me itch – which is good!
2. If you’ve seen the original pattern, then you know that this is supposed to be a puffy short sleeved sweater with ruffles on the neckline and the sleeve cuff. Well, I knit the first sleeve per the pattern and then decided that the puffy short sleeves (which hit me at the elbow!) were not very flattering for me. I ripped the sleeve out (quite a chore with the fuzzy alpaca yarn!) and re-styled the sleeves to be long sleeves, and not poufy. I simply eliminated the increases at the start of the sleeve, and did gradual decreases throughout the length to taper the sleeve.
3. I also worked a picot fold-over hem at the bottom hem instead of the plain stockinette – I wanted to eliminate the roll that you get with plain stockinette, and the picot hem looks very nice with the pattern’s picot buttonhole band.
4. I eliminated the ruffles. I was going to add them, but once it was done I decided that I really liked how it looked without them.

Overall, I am very pleased with this! It’s a bit on the dressy side – so I don’t suppose I’ll wear it very often, but it is nice and soft and warm. Which, right now with all the cold weather we’re having, is quite welcome!


About knitsbyheather

I'm a TKGA certified Master Knitter. I'm a knitwear designer and a knitting instructor. I'm also a stay at home and homeschooling mom of two wonderful boys. They sure keep me on my toes! When I'm not teaching or chasing around the boys, I'm knitting, designing, or reading!!
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One Response to Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Sweater

  1. turtlegirl76 says:

    Oooh what a beautiful, cozy looking sweater! Great mods!

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