I am really pleased with how this sweater turned out! The pattern is from Phildar’s 2006 Winter I catalog, and it actually gave me a lot less trouble than I thought it would. (Aside from the mini-panic attack I had when the pattern wanted me to “leave 9 sts 5 times and 8 sts once on a holder.” Yeesh. I figured it out, but those directions were garbage.) I definitely had my doubts at the start, since 1.) the pattern was translated from French, 2.) I had to do some VERY fancy math to convert the pattern to work with my gauge, and 3.) I decided to knit in the round and was pretty sure I would do something weird in that regard. Miraculously, it went pretty smoothly. There were a few errors in the chart, but they were fairly easy to spot.
I remember a time when I wouldn’t come within 10 feet of a pattern that called for size 4 needles, but the sweater knit up much more quickly than I had anticipated. Less than a month, in fact. Knitting in the round helped a lot. I think I may have picked the wrong yarn, though. I love the look and feel of The Frog Tree Alpaca, but it might be a little too fuzzy to really show off the cables. But it did knit up into a fantastic fabric—really soft, really light, and really warm. I could not be happier with the fit of this sweater. I tried it on after seaming and it was looking like real trouble (mini-panic attack again), but I blocked the heck out of it and was VERY pleasantly surprised. The body and sleeves are long enough for my taste and the amount of ease is perfect. (One of these days I’ll get over the amazing mystical wonders of blocking…but for now, I’m astounded every time.) I’m still not sure about the rolled edge on the bottom. So far, it’s behaving itself, but if that rolled edge decides it’s going to creep back up when I wear it, I’ll have to take some sort of action. But I’m really, really happy with how this came out. I’ll wear it a lot and I’d knit it again in a second.