FO: Notre Dame de Grace on a Sunny Day
I’ve had my Notre Dame de Grace pullover done for months. It was a great sweater to take to the Midwest over the holidays; I could wear it without a jacket when driving between north-east Wisconsin and southern Illinois. However, I never seemed to get it photographed. So this Sunday, on a bright sunny morning, M and I headed out for coffee and errands, and I wore the sweater so we could get it recorded for posterity. I tried so hard not to squint, but clearly my light grey eyes decided on protecting themselves rather than on looking pretty.
I usually wear it this way with the collar up (keeps my neck warm), although below you can see it below with the collar down. I couldn’t find a decorative button I liked. A mediocre plastic one was priced at $8.50 at Joanne’s, so my Notre Dame de Grace remains button free.
Because the pattern was written for alpaca, I had to make a fiber sub, and I went with Cascade Ecological wool. I think this yarn came from a lovely hued silver-grey sheep, and I enjoyed working with this yarn very much. It is also holding up well with wear.
This sweater is meant to have positive ease for a casual fit, and so I made it wider at the bottom than in the bust to accommodate my bottom-heavy shape, and that was the least successful aspect of it. It should have zero ease at the hip-line and about 2 inches positive ease in the bust. However, it actually swings out a bit at the hip, and is correct at the bust.
This leaves me a bit perplexed as to what to do on my next sweater. Anybody have any experience with this sort of thing, and have some advice? I’ve measured myself repeatedly, and I always get the same numbers. And I can adjust sleeves to the right length, so why not horizontally? BTW, a quick read of Ravelry posts about this sweater indicates that almost everyone had to shorten the sleeves. I had to make them 3 inches shorter than called for.
Anyway, I am otherwise very pleased with how this turned out, and I enjoyed knitting it quite a bit. I’d definitely use this yarn again. Maybe I can find some from a beautiful charcoal grey sheep?