Margot sweater

Margot looks much worse on the hanger than it does on the wearer. This was a stash-busting project, but a different worsted with a bit more heft to it than Misti Alpaca worsted would have worked better.

That said, I love the way the alpaca feels–it is very light but also very warm, and this could easily be a next-to-skin sweater. However, the fiber stretches and drapes (and I was knitting on a needle three sizes smaller than recommended by the pattern!) Although I was technically at gauge, the fabric “grows” in all directions. The drapiness that might be well-suited to a scarf is less lovely in a garment. I may try knitting the same pattern with a yarn that has a bit more structure.

Even though my yarn decision may not have been the best, I really love this pattern because it has such a European vibe. It is so hard to find a good boat neck! I have very narrow shoulders, so a wide neckline suits me better than a standard crew neck. I did end up making a few modifications to it for a custom fit. First of all, I added vertical darts in the upper back (paired columns of increases) to make up for my wider-than-average cross back width. I also added small horizontal darts in the front at the bust and belly to balance the front and back lengths. Instead of working the waist shaping as written, I added a column of 1×1 twisted ribbing at each side seam to pull in close to the body. I worked a couple of increases to the sleeves to make them bell just slightly, and omitted the side vents (after reworking them several times, I determined that I couldn’t find a correct placement for them that would allow them to hang comfortably when I was working at a computer. At that point I was sick of it and just worked the sleeve edging in the round in alternating K/P rows.)

Overall I’m happy with the way the fit came out, though, and I plan to style the dark navy with denim and lime green accessories for the sake of contrast. I think this may become a favorite sweater, especially in the winter.

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