Pattern: Patchwork by Julie Farmer.
Yarn: Knit Pick's Palette held double. A gift from friend Nicki. Her hubby gave her a giant container of the entire colourway of Knit Pick's yarns a few years ago as a Christmas gift. Knowing that they didn't suit her, she gave me all the balls of yarn that qualified as 'autumn' colours.
Gauge: 18 sts over 4 inches.
Mods: This being a man's pattern, there were a few changes made. Other than following cast on numbers and the patchwork chart contained in the pattern, I mostly designed on the fly.
*I eliminated the band of colour above the ribbing and went directly to the patchwork design. Perhaps a man can wear a band of colour around his hips with no non-flattering implications, but not me.
*I also made the ribbing narrower - one inch instead of the 2.5 called for in the pattern for the same reason.
*Waist shaping was added because - well - I have one.
*And I lowered the neckline. I thought it suited the sweater more and would also show off whatever blouse I might wear under the sweater.
*The shoulder slope was shaped with short rows then used a three needle bind off to join them. Lovely, I think.
I did run out of yarn and had to use some of my own stash yarn to finish the sweater. But since the colours Nicki chose to give me are definitely 'my' colours, I had lots of yarn that would do. Sensing that I might run out of yarn, I stopped sleeve number one at the underarm in order to begin sleeve two with the remaining yarn. Sleeve two didn't quite get to the underarm before all the yarn was gone. Above, in the shoulder seam photo, the green sleeve cap on the left, knit in seed stitch, is yarn from my stash. Below, on the other sleeve, the two upper colours - the grey green and the rust brown are both from my stash.
The neckline is trimmed in the same ribbing as the cuffs and lower hem. K3, P2. I also did not use a smaller needle for the ribbing. I didn't want the hem to pull in - those hips again - so used the same size needle for ribbing as I did for the body. The neckline was finished with 5 rows of ribbing, one row of straight knitting then the cast off. The row of straight knitting was done for a couple of reasons. I wanted two colours at the neckline. I had just enough of the darker green (yes it is dark green, not grey) left for two rows and wanting a bit of a rolled looked to the edge AND not wanting the purl bumps to show in a different colour meant I had to work a knit only row, then the cast off.
I really like the finished product. During the last couple of days of knitting on Patchwork, the weather warmed up and I thought I would simply be placing Patchwork on a shelf until next winter. But then another cold spell settled on our area and I was able to wear the sweater three days straight last week. It wears well - always, in my opinion, the true test of knitting success. I received many compliments on it - test number two some might say.
Next test will be to see how the 'economy' yarn holds up.