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Just in time for the hot weather!

I've been working on a short sleeved sweater for ages, and it's finally done!

The yarn is some kettle-dyed Bare Superwash Merino, Nylon Sock Yarn (this is the undyed base yarn for Stroll, formerly known as Essential). I had to alternate balls every two rows to make the colors blend, like I did with my Serpentine Sweater in WotA Kettle-Dyed, and it worked to keep the yarn from pooling into blocks of different colors.

Unlike Kelley, I kind of enjoy knitting my sweaters flat in pieces and then seaming them. This pattern is Jasmine, by Kim Hargreaves (Ravelry link). I really liked the shaping at the top of the sleeves - a couple of cleverly-placed decreases cause the neckline to curve gracefully, preventing the sweater from slipping down over the shoulders.

The yoke is all garter stitch, and it was interesting to see how the subtle differences in color played out. I was a little worried that the garter section would create too much bulk at the chest, but after blocking it seems nice and sleek.

I'm pretty terrible about racing to finish a sweater, seams and ends and all, and then letting it sit in a little heap for weeks while I try to find buttons. After monkeying around on a button-hunt all over town, I actually found the buttons in my own stash - I had pulled them from a (failed!) project a while back. Perfect!

Pattern: Jasmine by Kim Hargreaves, from her book Nectar (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Bare Superwash Merino, Nylon Sock Yarn, about 250g
Needles: Knit Picks nickel fixed circular needle, US size 2 (2.75mm)

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Comment by Annie White on July 30, 2009 at 1:40pm
it's beautiful, and beautifully executed! i love how the neckline sits, it must look very elegant when worn. it makes this newbie knitter consider trying sleeves for the first time. :-)
Comment by eva nancy violett on July 29, 2009 at 6:13pm
7 29 2009 wednesday
dear Alison
yes i did have a ravelry id name, however being part of Mosaic Yarns group in des plaines illinois, sometimes
has restrictions on my yarn purchasine. But i'll get around that. your design is very pretty although I have
a better exp. with knitting in the round for speed. would you please e-mail me what i am doing wrong
in not being enabled to enter your area to shop as i wanted to down-load the Shawl Collar Peplum Cardigan
which is a knit-picks item #50647. i have some debbie bliss dk to do this in but can't seem to enter to
acquire it (?my password or something) i'd also wanted to get into the cardigan knitalong or possibly the
socks would you please send me some technique to Do It. thank you very much
sincerely eva violett
Comment by Naoko on July 28, 2009 at 6:42am
Simply beautiful--love the color, love the shaping. Must be very flattering on you.
Comment by Tammy McNaught on July 23, 2009 at 4:15pm
What a gorgeous sweater. You did a fantastic job it looks machine knit.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 22, 2009 at 8:30pm
What a good idea, to alternate rows to avoid pooling. I'll have to try it. What a great sweater! --P
Comment by deleria010 on July 22, 2009 at 5:50pm
Beautiful color. I'm usually not a big fan of garter stitch but it looks fantastic on this sweater.
Comment by cellogirl on July 22, 2009 at 3:35pm
Beautiful sweater--thanks for the advice on knitting with hand-dyes, you evened it out so that it creates interest with variety but no pools!! it would be a perfect winter sweater for Houston!!
Comment by Alison on July 22, 2009 at 12:15pm
The problem, Marci, is that I personally think back-hoes are way more useful than ballet. You can dig enormous holes! ;)
Comment by Sidneysmom on July 22, 2009 at 11:45am
The color turned out to be absolutely gorgeous!
Comment by MarciH on July 22, 2009 at 11:38am
all of your projects turn out so gracefully. If you are the ballerina of knitting, I'm the back-hoe driver of knitting.

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