I've finally managed to get Mr G to take some photos of me in my Saga Jumper. Well, it was such a saga to get to completion that I marvel that it made it at all.
To recap, I started of crocheting a variety of samples to make a "something" just because I fell in love with the yarn, then I had a brain wave and knitted a huge basket weave bolero, which looked awful as soon as I put it on (but I did love the giant basket weave pattern), then a polo jumper based on a Rowan Polar pattern (disasterous neck and arm holes), and finally this Supersoft Turtleneck Sweater from Ravelry.
Well, we have a Proper Finish. I am done with this knitting. And I LOVE IT.
It is the most snuggly thing I have ever had. The fit is great. The colour is wonderful. The neck hole is not forty feet across. Did I mention the snuggliness?
I am also exceedingly proud of my seams which came together perfectly. I felt like I had finally mastered mattress stitch, even on the arm holes.
The pattern was very quick and easy to follow (although there do appear to be a couple of counting typos). I did exactly what it says on the packet, apart from
- I knitted the sleeves about an inch longer
- I didn't count the stitches I picked up for the neck, and I just knitted until it felt the right length, then cast off.
The (minor) negatives are
- it's a one-size pattern
- Sidar Big Softie tends to pull apart if you use it in long strands to sew seams, so I did have a few extra knots to deal with. I think next time, I'd just use a DK with a similar fibre content.
I will most definitely be making another, possibly two. Is that excessive? Is it even possible to have excessive snuggliness? I think not.