I might have stayed up until 4 am last night so I could seam this sweater.  I realize how this may sound, but I was really excited at the prospect of having a new sweater today, that I couldn’t help but stay up into the wee hours of the morning mattress stitching.  This being my first pieced sweater, I have something I would like to say on the subject of seaming…

I LOVE it!  It is the most magical thing you can do with knitting!  After reading countless stories of how everyone loathes finishing and seaming, I was slightly dreading the fact that I would have to seam this sweater.  I even knit the sleeves in the round so I would have two less seams to do.  But in the end, seaming is probably the most fun you can have with yarn…except maybe untangling it! Yes, I know that this places me in the 10% of knitters who enjoy seaming and probably the 1% who enjoy untangling yarn.  I’m an oddity and I stay up late to knit, sacrificing a social life and sleep.  And I’m okay with that.

I loved knitting with this yarn.  It was nice and squooshy and soft, and quite affordable, I may add.  Somehow I managed to use a whole 2-1/2 skeins less than what the pattern calls for.  I don’t know how that happened exactly, because the sweater measures out to a size S perfectly.  There were many reports of the armholes being too tight, but I knit the sleeves as directed (although in the round) and do not have that issue.  I loved romping around in this sweater today and staying up until 4 am so I could do so was totally worth it.

Pattern Details:
Pattern: Aidez by Cirilia Rose
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky, in Bare (~700 yards)
Needles: US 10.5 (6.5mm) Crystal Palace Bamboo
Modifications: Knit sleeves in the round.  Did not bind off on the front pieces.  Instead, left the stitches live and used kitchener’s stitch to sew the neck extensions together.  Added applied I-cord to the open edge of the front pieces before blocking.
Recommend to a Friend:  Definitely.  I think this is a great pattern for those new to sweaters.  There are a few stitches that were new, but otherwise very straightforward and well written.  Also, being an open cardigan with vertical details, I find it to be flattering for all shapes.  Plus…SEAMING IS AWESOME!!!
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