Finished Object: The Aspen Pullover
Ta-da—it’s done! My Aspen Pullover is everything I hoped it would be. Distinctive yet wearable, casual but classy. I very much enjoyed knitting it. I had never made a sweater using this type of construction before; it’s a pretty neat way to make a pullover! I’m not sure it’s going to be my new go-to method, but I always like to learn new ways to do things.
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with my Aspen Pullover. I love the coziness of the yarn. It’s soft and squishy and incredibly warm. It’s also the perfect shade of grayish pink, which is a weirdly tricky color to find. It’s a good length—longish, but not tunic length. It keeps the drafts from creeping up your back without being too long.
The only issue I ran into is the sleeves. I may not have checked my row gauge as I was knitting, which was a bad choice. (I may have a running problem with not checking row gauge. . .) Since the sleeves are basically worked sideways, row gauge is crucial to the sleeves coming out the correct size. Tighter row gauge = tighter sleeves. They turned out a little snug, but it’s definitely still wearable.
Aside from checking my row gauge, there’s only one other thing I would change. If I make the Aspen Pullover again, I’ll probably go up one more size. I’m wearing my sweater with about 2” of positive ease, which is a little less ease than the pattern photos show. I was on the fence about which size to make; it’s always hard to decide which size will be just the right amount of slouchiness without being frumpy. For me, I think this sweater could use a little more room to breathe, both style- and warmth-wise.
Now that I’ve finished this sweater, I’m on the hunt for a new pattern. Should I make another pattern from Norah Gaughan? More cabled pullovers? Or is it time for a new cardigan? There are so many patterns to choose from!
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