This is a pattern I've knit before - it's one of my favorite sweaters. Here are a couple pictures of my old one, from three years ago:
As you can see, it's got my favorite things: deep raglans, 3/4 length sleeves and a slouchy shape.
I decided a couple years ago that I needed a second one, preferably in blue, so when Jannette's Rare Yarns had a deal going on bags of Calmer last fall, I picked up a bag in Calm. It's a pale greyish blue rather than a clear blue, and one of those colors that changes with the light.
|a rare unblocked photo!|
When I knit anything, I always make myself a shorthand instruction sheet, and I keep these in case I decide to knit the item again, as I often do. This time I decided not to do a gauge swatch but just to follow my old notes. Interestingly, when compared to my original sweater the lace pattern on this one is much more open - and yet the measurements are on track! It's possible that I used a metal needle last time rather than a bamboo, but I doubt it since I very rarely use metal needles. I think it may have more to do with the way different colors of dye affect the loft of the yarn.
Honestly, I'm not as crazy about this fabric as the one on the original, but I'm going ahead with it anyway.
The stitch pattern is mindless and a little tedious - lots of double yarnovers which are later accounted for by P2togs. So, slow going. That's OK though - lately I'm not feeling a drive to finish things quickly. I'm just kind of enjoying the ride.