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FO: Thermal

Pattern: Thermal from Knitty

Yarn: Knitpicks gloss in Pumpkin, 6.5 skeins

Needles: 2.5 mm… US 1s?

Today I had one of those days.  You know what I mean: the kind of day where the stars seem to be aligned perfectly for you to run into everyone you used to know.  Old crush? Check.  Mom of friend? Check.  Old friend who hasn’t seen me in 8 years? Check (x3.)  And you know what?  The entire time I was running into these people, I never once thought “Please God, don’t let them notice I made my sweater.”

.No… Thermal passed the “proud to be wearing my hand-knit sweater” test with flying colors.  In fact… I will even say that I am far more fond of Thermal than I ever thought I would be.  When I first came upon the sweater in Knitty, I never thought I would make one.  The fit did not appeal to me, nor the idea of making a sweater in fingering weight yarn in the round.  So there was my first mod…

I knit the sweater entirely flat and seamed at the end.  I am very happy with that decision, which kept me sane with the tiny yarn.  I added a stitch in stockinette, although I still can’t say it was fun to seam.  I do think that the seams are keeping the yarn from stretching terribly – I’ve been wearing it since 7 am, and no problems so far.  It did grow a bunch when I washed it (and I mean a lot), but the good news is that it is pretty pliable – when the sleeves were initially too long I reblocked them, and now they are perfect.  I had initially planned 3/4 length sleeves, but I decided it would be more wearable with long sleeves.  And, you will notice there are no buttons.  Although I initially planned some, and even sewed one on, I didn’t care for how it looked when buttoned.  I think I prefer the split neck.

And you all were right… I love the color.  And looking at these photos… I need a haircut.  Man, my hair is long!  And I look very chipper for 7:30 am, when these photos were taken.

39 thoughts on “FO: Thermal

  1. First, I can’t believe you were up at 7:30AM looking like sunshine!! :oD

    The thermal looks GREAT on you!! Very smart decision to knit it flat b/c it probably would have sagged ugly since the yarn did grow once wet.

    Looks really good!!

    BTW I must get your e-mail addy! :o)

  2. It’s just beautiful! I really like the “pumpkin” color, and the split neck gives it a unique look.

    Gosh, you’re a fast knitter. I’m always amazed at how quickly you knit such beautiful sweaters.

  3. Your Thermal is just gorgeous! I love that color on you too. Way to go with the fingering weight! I just don’t know if I could do it, but after seeing yours I am considering it.

  4. wow! this one didn’t appeal to me AT ALL when i saw it on knitty but yours turned out gorgeous! hmm, maybe i will knit this after all – with a U neck…

    wonderful job!

  5. Awesome job!!! The fit and the color are perfect for you. The modifications you made to the pattern are great and it looks so professional looking. It’s always inspiring to see your FOs.

  6. It’s beautiful! And not at all too small. I’ll bet you feel really, really smart for washing your swatch. I still can’t bring myself to wash them, which is truly stupid, especially after seeing what happened with the Gloss. Congratulations on a wonderful FO!

  7. Wow, you’re just cranking ’em out! And that color looks absolutely fantastic on you. It picks up the warm tones in your hair and makes your skin glow. Fabulous!

  8. Wow, it turned out sooooo well! the fit is perfect on you! another motivation to wash and block swatches. The color couldn’t be more perfect on you either….so lovely!

  9. I love it, the colour is great on you. Such skinny needles, wow, I don’t know if I’d have the stamina. You would prob. like Valpuri (in my quue), free pattern from Berroco – it’s got a similar style.

  10. I don’t know why you would ever worry about wearing any of your handknits, because they are all beautifully made, flattering, and very modern. You should wear them with pride — all of them, not just Thermal!

  11. There’s got to be nothing better then running into an old cruch looking FANTASTIC! You look gorgeous in that sweater…the color is really good on you! Nice work once again!

  12. Well, I try to add insight when I pop in and say Hi, but today I am just going to say what everybody else already said. Damn, that sweater looks great!

  13. It looks amazing!!! Way to go. And you ran into an old crush after being newly married, wearing a fabulous sweater, and looking great? You’re living the dream! 😉

  14. I’m in awe of anyone that knits a fingering weight sweater, flat or otherwise. You did a fantastic job, and I agree about the split neck — very flattering.

  15. Oh Wow. that looks fantastic. I have wanted to knit Thermal for a long time (in fact I’ve wanted to try a sweater for along time..) but I’ve never gotten the guts up to do it. maybe after I’m finished up all my christmas knitting I’ll get to it. Your sweater is an inspiration! and I love the colour 🙂 Enjoy

  16. Thermal looks fab on you and it really is a great colour on you.
    You look pretty awake for 7.30am, I look like a zombie that early 🙂

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