Well here it finally is. I just got around to taking pictures of Ayla’s Tangelo Summer Sweater. You may remember it from the summer sweater Knit Along I did with Nice & Knit back in the early part of this summer. Now that it is officially Autumn I’m posting the finished product.
The color is a little difficult to truly capture. I had to play around with filters and settings just to get this almost true to color picture.
Honestly, this sweater has been officially done for sometime. Ayla has worn it a few times throughout the summer. The picture above is after a few runs through the washer. It even managed to find its way into the dryer this last time and its a little felted, but didn’t manage to affect the size too much. It seems a tiny bit shorter and feels a little heavier, but with the chillier temperatures that have arrived it shouldn’t be a problem.
You may recall from a previous post that I had some difficulty with this bugger. The gauge was way off. I ended up having to hold the yarn double because it was more like fingering weight instead of the DK that it indicated on the paper band. It was because of this that I had to shorten the pattern from a tunic style top to a regular length sweater that hit at the hips.
The yarn was wonderful to knit with. There were bits of vegetable matter through out the yarn and there was a joining knot somewhere in the middle of the first skein. I thoroughly enjoyed the rustic feel of the yarn. It’s not scratchy but it wears tough. Ayla didn’t show any signs of itchiness or allergy to the wool content, so there’s a go to make more wooly loveliness for her in the future. The above picture was taken when it was fresh off the needles. You can see that I didn’t even have the buttons sewn on. I really didn’t need to even block it but it helped to straighten out some stitches. My only complaint is really about my knitting. You can see little holes on the sides, from where I did my increase stitches. Once it’s on her it’s not really noticeable though. I’m not sure what I did wrong (if anything) but I hope these don’t show on the sweater for Travis.
All in all though, it was a nice little knit. Great pattern and great yarn. I have more of this yarn in 2 other colors, and can’t wait to knit with them again.