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.

My Aspen Pullover is done!

My Aspen Pullover is done!

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.

On the plus side, it does show off the arm cables nicely.

On the plus side, it does show off the arm cables nicely.

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.

You should be able to flee rampaging beasts in any sweater.

You should be able to flee rampaging beasts in any sweater.

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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