Pattern: Wanderling by Isabell Kraemer
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino
shade #23 light beige
Needles: 3.5 mm and 3.0 mm (for ribbing)
Here it is, finally. Somehow knitting it felt like a really long process; maybe because it was always my b-project, and never the main thing I was working on. Knitting the yoke seemed to take forever: it included a lot of checking the pattern and then double-checking it again, counting stitches and forgetting which row I was on, then checking the pattern and the stitches once again. When past the yoke, it started to get easier and more intuitive, maybe even a bit boring towards the end.
I decided against making the pockets. I was afraid the sides of the sweater would start to sag and was also unsure if the pockets would bulge through the fabric. The yarn I was using, Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino, is pretty stretchy so I thought the sweater would look better without the pockets. I guess the pockets would be nice if the sweater was done with worsted weight yarn and would be more bulky and sturdy, but for such a lightweight fabric I doubted they would look neat.
I was a bit lazy and knitted the garter stitch hems back and forth instead of in the round; this means no purling! I then used the tail from bind off to seam the the edges of the hem together. Otherwise I followed the instructions to the tee. I had some problems with the button band: the pattern is very well written and detailed for each row, except for the button band which was in my opinion written so that it was a bit hard to understand. I think I figured it out after a while - at least I have a complete button band on my sweater - but I still have some doubts if I did it correctly.
The Wanderling sweater is a nice take on a quite classic sweater design. I especially like the button band in front and the mock cable running down the back. This is something to wear every day, a basic knit for everyone's wardrobe. My color choice was a bit boring, I must admit, but now it's easy to accessorize with colorful scarfs or jewellery.
Stash busted: 5.5 skeins - 275 grams - 960 meters