I cast on for this sweater on an unseasonably cool day in August, and I wore it outside on a very warm day in September. When the temperature drops low and stays there, I'll be ready for it.
Pattern: More of a recipe, actually, from Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Workshop. It's a seamless V-neck sweater with inset sleeves.
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed in 20005, 5 balls and 04, 4 balls. This yarn is now discontinued.
Needles: Addi Turbos size 7
Time To Knit: August 11 - September 2
Modifications: I applied an interesting striping idea, "swatched" here. I started with 1 row of green, 2 rows of purple, 3 rows of green, etc. Since the sleeves are a little longer than the body, they just stripe 1 row of each color until the ribbing begins. I think this makes for a very flattering look, at least for my body shape.
I used a steek to make the neckline. I decreased one stitch on each side for every other row, got a little worried that this would make the neck too wide, and switched to one stitch on each side every third row. When I was satisfied that the neck was big enough, I just knit straight for the remainder of the sweater. The steek was also convenient for hiding the "jog" you get when changing colors while knitting in the round.
A few people asked me how I reinforced my steek. I didn't, actually. When I got to the time when I had to do it, I was tired. I didn't want to crochet. I didn't want to go downstairs to my sewing machine. The yarn is really grabby, and my test swatch didn't fray at all when I cut it, so I just went for it. It worked out quite well.
I love this sweater. I'm still quite impressed with myself when I knit a sweater that actually fits me well, and this one certainly does. Now bring on some cooler weather!