The Ash Pullover by Pam Allen has been on my list for quite awhile–I can’t remember how long it’s been since I bought the Plain and Simple knitting book but it’s been since then. I decided to use a different yarn than the pattern called for–swapping out the Quince and Co. Owl with The Fibre Co. Cumbria that I’d meant to use for a One Sweater and changed my mind at the last minute.
I think this yarn substitute was a great idea; I wanted this to be roomy but also have a bit of structure and the images of the pullover and my knowledge of how much Owl blooms after blocking made me think the Cumbria is a better match for my body. Otherwise, I’d be swimming in this sweater. A little swim is good– too much, and I’m swallowed up.
I decided to knit the smallest size and go down a needle size–this basically gave me gauge. But the neck area is a little tight despite a stretchy bind off. I think once I block it, it will loosen up more. I can get it over my head–I just have to put up a bit of a fight.
I am in love with all the details of this sweater, including the front pockets which I thought wouldn’t be functional but actually are. Three cheers. This project, unfortunately, took me entirely too long. I started knitting it in July in a total frenzy, and then just left in to languish a few weeks. It was the only thing I knit the entire summer. I have all this time off from my job then, and it’s the least likely time I use it to get in some good knitting sessions. Summer knitting and I just don’t mix, I guess. But at least I have this one to show for it.
Here’s my project notes. Snaps of me wearing this sweater soon.