(I almost titled this post “Fnord!” but I was afraid that the reference would be too obscure for most of you.)
What trip to Rhinebeck would be complete without a Rhinebeck Sweater™?
I almost feel like it can’t really be an official Rhinebeck Sweater™, what with being done a week early and all. I mean, in order for it to be an official Rhinebeck Sweater™, don’t you have to block it on the hotel room floor, despite any promises you may have made to your fiancé?
Pattern: Eris by Jenna Wilson of The Girl From Auntie, size “H” (50” chest circumference)
Yarn: Brooks Farm Solana, MS16
Yardage: 6 skeins at 320 yards each (I love you, Ravelry.) The six skeins included enough yarn for four swatches, with about half a skein left over.
Yarn Source: Brooks Farm booth at Estes Park Wool Market. Assistance picking out yarn graciously provided by Miriam.
Needles: US 6 (4mm) 40” Addi Turbo circular for the cabling, and US8 (5mm) 40” Addi Turbo for the stockinette.
Gauge: Cabling – 5.5 sts/inch 8 rows/inch, Stockinette – 5sts/inch 7 rows/inch
Modifications: I knit the body about an inch longer than called for in the pattern, but that’s about it. Sleeves knit in the round via magic loop, mostly because I didn’t have dpns in the right size and I didn’t want to wait to start the sleeves until I bought some. I can’t see abandoning dpns for socks, but for sleeves I’m perfectly happy with magic loop.
This is, as you all know, a wonderful, detailed, thorough pattern. The design is so clean and so clever, and the end product is simply smashing. Love, love, love. The only problems were all user-based – most notably some loose stitches where the point of the V collar meets the body. Nothing that can’t be fixed quickly and easily in the finishing.
In short: I love it. Look for me wearing it at Rhinebeck!