Bear Lake Pullover

I’m so pleased with this! Really, I can’t say enough good things about it. This was one of those knits which was started on an impulse, I picked what I thought would be a good yarn out of the stash and after a halfhearted gauge swatch, I cast on. The knitting Gods smiled and the whole thing worked. Don’t ask me what the yarn is, I don’t know. I bought it 10 years ago in a bag with no label, just a lot number from a going-out-of-business shop in Ballarat Australia. I’m pretty sure it is mostly if not all merino.

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The whole thing knit up quite quickly and my son is thrilled to have a new sweater.

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I did an initial fitting for this right off the needles and while I knitted exactly to gauge (no really – I did – stitch AND row! I was so excited!),  I found the fit a little off for my son. I’m a big fan of Amy Herzog’s Fit to Flatter and frequently adjust patterns for myself, but it’s been a long time since I’ve knit a sweater for him. Come to think of it, it hasn’t actually been that long but while he was growing the way only a teenage boy can, I wasn’t about to knit him something he would outgrow before I finished the first sleeve.

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I don’t know why it never occurred to me to actually measure him and compare with the schematic – I did a chest measurement to select a size but that was it. He’s tall and thin with long slender arms. I’m happy with the fit of the body but I really should have adjusted the arms. I may yet take them off and re-knit them to be longer and narrower.

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On the other hand, blocking fixes a lot of problems.

If you want to knit this too, the pattern is in Fall 2016, Interweave Knits or can be downloaded from Ravelry.

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