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I already finished this Adara sweater last weekend but only had time to take proper photos today. Outside it is storming; it started yesterday in the evening as a snow storm (which I thought sucked since it had already felt like spring for past couple of weeks) and this morning it came down as rain. I forgot my umbrella home as I left for work, but at least I had my Hunter boots on as the roads were covered with melting snow slush. I’m not sure if the umbrella would have helped anything in that weather though, as the wind blows impossibly hard…

The Adara sweater kept me warm and cozy despite the weather. I used Garnstudio Drops Nepal in 1709 Navy blue and Drops Loves You #4 in 9110 Light grey.

Some things I would like to point out about this project. First of all, the sizing is quite large. I made mine the second smallest size and it is quite loose under the arms. I’m not quite sure if it’s supposed to be this big, but I might have wanted a bit smaller size. I made my husband try it on to see if it would have fit him better, but although the arms and upper body fit him perfectly, it was way too short for him, and making it longer would have been hard because of the color work at the bottom edge. So I will keep it as a “boyfriend” sweater, but I guess that’s fashionable at the moment so it’s ok. It’s really warm and nice to have on so I’ve worn it quite a lot already this past week.

The second thing was the turtle neck collar. I’m not big fan of those, as I’m more of a scarf-and-cowl-person. So I decided to skip it and knit 7 rows of 1x1 ribbing before binding of. I’m glad I did that because the yarn feels a bit rough against my skin. I can’t use any acrylic yarns because those irritate my skin, and this yarn (even though it’s a blend of wool and alpaca) had the same effect. I was thinking about using the leftover yarn to knit a cowl that I could use with this sweater to get the turtleneck effect, but at the same time be able to remove it if it becomes too itchy or warm. The other thing I would like to comment on the yarns I chose: the grey yarn (Drops Loves You #4) is a bit fuzzy and sheds stray bits of fibres. The color work is not very well defined as the grey yarns blends to the blue one.

The last thing I would like to point out is that the ribbed edging in the bottom hem and sleeves feels too loose and it starts to roll and bag weirdly. Maybe using even smaller size needles would help or knitting a couple of rounds straight stockinette with the MC color could do the tricks. Blocking didn’t really help me with this problem.

WTF... Not a good look...

Over all it was quite easy and fast to knit. After the color work at the bottom and sleeves it’s mostly straightforward stockinette stitch in a round.


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