I was aimlessly scrolling through Pinterest when I came across this pattern by Yarnspirations. I thought it looked so cute and cozy, I knew I had to knit it! Since my classes are once again completely virtual, I thought this sweater would be perfect for bumming around the house and staying warm and cozy during classes. I have to say, I was totally right!
This sweater is so comfortable! The yarn isn't so thick that I feel like a marshmallow when I wear it, but it's thick enough to keep me nice and toasty. The sweater fits a little loose which makes it perfect for sitting in front of the computer all day. I love the cowl collar at the top! It makes it so stylish and keeps my neck nice and warm.
The pattern is written for Bernat Roving yarn, but I decided to use Paintbox Simply Chunky yarn instead. I liked the colors better, and it was a little bit cheaper. I think the yarn worked just as well. It is very soft and warm. The chunky yarn works up pretty quickly as well.
One of the things that drew me to this pattern was the stitch. I love the texture, and it's so squishy. Surprisingly, it was very easy to learn. My favorite projects are the projects where I learn something knew. I can't wait to come up with new designs utilizing knitting a stitch below. Another new skill is the twisted rib. I can't believe I hadn't learned it until now. It's so stretchy, and perfect for a lot of projects.
One of my complaints is that the project is knit from the bottom-up. This made it hard for me to adjust the size to accomodate my smaller torso. It was a little bit of a guessing game, but I think I guessed pretty well. Of course my absolute least favorite thing about bottom-up knitting is all of the seaming. And there was so much of it. I think I spent nearly half of a day just seaming the sweater together.
I also admit that I got pretty confused on the sleeves as by the time I had increased to the number of stitches, the sleeves were longer than what the pattern called for. In the end it was fine, though. The sleeves are a tad too long, but they still fit pretty well.
The worst part for me, and the part I was really dreading, was the collar. As soon as I realized this was a bottom-up pattern, I knew I would have to pick up stitches for the collar. Of course, I couldn't really figure out how to do it as the pattern described, so I just kind of did my own thing. I ended up picking up more stitches than the pattern called for, but I think it's fine. The collar is a little loose, but it's not the end of the world.
Overall, I'm really pleased with how this sweater turned out. It's so comfortable to hand around the house in, but it's also plenty cute enough to wear outside of the house.
You can find the pattern here.