Pattern: Emily by Kim Hargreaves, from The Dark House Collection available on her website.
Yarn: Cascade Venezia Worsted (wool/silk) in Blue Velvet, 5 skeins for the 32″ size
Needles: US 6 for body, 7 and 5 for edgings
Mods: I picked up stitches for the neckline and did 2×2 ribbing, rather than making garter ribbing and sewing it on separately. I think it worked out just fine. My row gauge was different, so my neck is slightly less low than it’s meant to be – but I prefer this. I like having at least one handknit that doesn’t require a tank underneath!
Notes: In the end, in spite of all my cursing the endless stockinette, I love this sweater. I love the slouchy sleeves and the u-neck. I love the color. I love the yarn. A few things to consider if you make this sweater: Choose a yarn that will have a nice drape. Silk blends or mohair/angora blends would be nice choices. If you are making it from a yarn that tends to stretch, consider making the sleeves an inch or so shorter – mine are ok, but I would have made them a little shorter and they would be fine. I found the directions for the U-neck to be confusing – too much “At the same time” going on, and I finally had to chart them out – but the effect is lovely, and so much nicer than a plain scoop neck. I’m not really thrilled with my seaming in garter stitch – because it’s a sort of ribbing, neither garter or mattress seaming seemed to work well. But then again – I’m the only one staring at that, so I will let it go! The schematics in the pattern aren’t the best I’ve ever seen – it’s unclear what some of the measurements are for etc… but I trusted in the pattern, and in the end it all turned out just fine. I can see myself making more patterns from this lovely book!