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Breton.



I'm taking a short break from packing (we are leaving for our holiday in Turkey on the day after tomorrow) to show you my newly finished Breton sweater. This one was a long time in making: I started it last year and finished only now! I'm not quite sure why exactly it took me this long to finish, the whole pullover was fairly simple stockinette stitch with some stripes, so nothing too fancy there. It just took me ages.

There were a couple of things I changed about the pattern. First of all, I knitted it in a round, both the body and the sleeves (but separately obviously). I read on Ravelry that many had commented about it being a pain in the a** to try and line the stripes when seaming so I decided to skip that part as much as I could. There were the seaming of the inevitable sleeve caps but that went surprisingly well considering my not-so-great skills at mattress stitch. (I'm actually really proud of my seaming this time!) I used this tutorial from Knitty to make the shift from one colour to another when knitting stripes in a round less visible, and I think it worked out fine. Of course you can see the change of colors but it doesn't bother me (look at the photo below).


Another change I made was to add ribbing to the cuffs and hem, because I don't like when raw edges start to curl. I think it's fine at collars like on this pullover so I didn't change that part. I added 8 rows of broken rib to the cuffs and 16 rows to the hem and I really like how it looks.


The best part about this pullover in my opinion is the shaping of the back. I was curious to see how the shoulder seams would turn out, as I felt a bit unsure while knitting them but I really love the look and the fit is perfect.


Pattern: Breton by Jared Flood, from BT Fall 12
Yarn: Drops Baby Merino, #01 White and #21 black
Needles: 3.0mm and 3.5mm



Comments

  1. Another gorgeous sweater! I love how crisp and clean it is.

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  2. Beautiful! I love the addition of the broken rib, really gives it a little extra detail that looks great!

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