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I guess everyone has a project or two (or more than a few) somewhere just hibernating and waiting to be finished. I seem to find it really hard to pick up these projects and find the inspiration to complete them. There always seems to be a pile of knits waiting to be seamed, or weaving in all the yarn tails, or sewing the buttons... Once an unfinished project ends up in the Pile of Oblivion it is very unlikely it will ever be finished - or not in the next few years at least - and most probably will be unraveled when I need the yarn for something else. That pile is exactly where I found the front and back pieces of the Hellebore sweater lying totally forgotten.

I can't even really remember when I started to knit this but it was probably in February 2013. The pattern is part of the BT Winter 13 collection and I remember starting to knit it almost immediately after it was released. It was left on hold because I ran out of yarn after I had knitted the body of the sweater and only had the sleeves left. I also remember disliking the upwards rolling bottom edge of the body and setting the piece aside to figure out how to fix that. It took me almost 2 whole years to pick up the makings of the sweater again and finish the thing. During that time I had bought more yarn for the sweater with the intention of finishing it more than once, but first this happened and then this.

The first sleeve seemed to take forever and I was fighting the urge to give up on the whole project more than once, or at least to put it on hold for yet another indefinite period of time. Few rows at a time and knitting other things in between the sleeve finally came together. And then the second one, which seemed to come together much faster than the first one; maybe I was more determined to complete the whole thing being so close to the finish-line.

I fixed the upwards rolling bottom edge by unraveling the cast-on edge and knitting 12 rows of garter stitch before binding off loosely. It seems to work, let's see how well it takes to wear.

I really like this pullover, although I think the sleeves are somewhat loose. The finished project is really beautiful and if it wasn't such a pain in the a** to knit I would surely make a second one in another color. And then maybe a third one... But this first one took me so long to finish that I will probably concentrate on other things for now :)

published in BT Winter 13
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Baby Merino #19
Needles: 3.5mm (and 2.5mm for the neck)


  1. the sweater is beautiful, but I can see why you found the sleeves hard going- so many small cables!


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