Monday, June 13, 2011


This is the first time in I don't know how long that I've taken pictures for Ravelry (and now, the blog) on the very same day I finished a sweater!  May I present The Jan Sweater:

I spent the morning yesterday finishing the second sleeve and sewing the whole thing together.  We finally got some sun, so I resolved to go out to a nice location and have Hubby take some pictures!  We went to the Art Institute of Chicago and took these in the South Garden.  After an exceptionally delicious and filling lunch at Terzo Piano.  On the balcony.  Sigh . . .

See that pudgy tummy?  It's filled with smoked
whitefish puree with cripsy fried lemon and caperberries,
summer shandy, and chocolate semi-freddo with
spanish peanut nougat and salted caramel.

When I started this sweater, only two or three other people had started it.  I really expected to be the first one done, but as you know, I fell victim to a prolonged case of sewing fever.

The sweater front and back are exactly the same, so aside from the eyelet pattern, not too much thinking is involved.  Exactly my kind of pattern.  The only modification I made was to cast on a few extra stitches for the waist ribbing and then do fewer increases for the main body, so that the waist wouldn't be too tight. Somehow, I must have known I would need room for that semi-freddo.  Also, I used the same size needle for the rib as for the main body.

I had fun playing with the vintage silk scarf I bought in Hendersonville, N.C. last fall.  Well, actually my mom bought it for me!  Thanks, Mom!

Here's me trying to look extra-vintagey:

Outfit details:
vintage silk scarf
Ray-Ban Retro Wayfarers
Jan Sweater
Odille Picked Plaid skirt (Anthropologie)
Frye Wanda Ankle Strap in Poppy

I love the boat neck style, but I may end up sewing up just a half inch on each side so I don't have to keep adjusting my bra straps.  I hate when I have to do that.  

This was a really fun and easy knit and I will probably end up making another one in wool in the fall.  

New sweater!  Yay!


  1. The sweater is lovely! You've done a perfect job!

  2. OMG! This is so beautiful!! Excellent work. Among other concerns, I'm now convinced this crazy sweater will be too small on me - that I should have made the medium - but I like a closer fit, and the sizing puts me in the upper zone of the small. Also, on my other sweater, it really stretched out when I blocked it. Here's hoping that happens again, or I'll be giving this one away - on top of everything!

  3. Thanks, Kristin! I did make mine slightly smaller for a somewhat closer fit too, so you should be OK. My actual bust measurement falls right between the XS and S, and I made the XS. And, you can stretch it out when you block it if you need to :-)

  4. What a fun photo shoot! The sweater looks *great*. I still can't get over how fast you are.

  5. I left out the dorkier photos!! Thanks for the compliment!

  6. Had to pop over here from Anthroholic to tell you how much I love this outfit! I have the skirt and now want a similar sweater to wear with it! Also, my 11 year old daughter is an avid crocheter and we love to see handmade items like this you have knitted. Love it! And love the way you vintage-y styled it! I'm a new follower!

  7. This is gorgeous - I really like the pattern. I have this too and was torn whether to make it next. Aahh...someday!

    1. Thank you! I've made it twice, and would consider making it again!


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