Monday, September 22, 2008

FO: February Lady Sweater

Happy first day of fall! Challenge of the day: photographing a solid black sweater.


Just like eighty thousand other knitters, I've made myself a February Lady Sweater! I used Peer Gynt, which is a basic sturdy wool, and the result is more like a little jacket. I think it's really cute, and I'm pleased with it. Here are some easier-to-see photos of the front and back:



And here's me giving you my best stern-librarian look:


The wooden toggles were originally intended for a Sunrise Circle Jacket; I bought them at City Knits in Detroit when we were living in London. In an attempt to lessen pulling on the stitches, I put a flat button behind each toggle:


Thanks, Pam, for upsizing EZ's original baby pattern. This is an easy project -- knitting lace while watching TV? yes! -- and when you're done, you're done. No seams, just some ends to weave in and buttons to sew on, and voila! And judging by the gajillion photos of finished Lady Sweaters on Ravelry, it seems to be a universally flattering shape. What more could we knitters ask for?

36 comments:

yaiAnn said...

I love those toggle buttons! Great job!

T. said...

What a smart idea to make your toggles sturder! Lovely FO.

Maria said...

Very nice! You're going to get a lot of use out of that.

naturally nina said...

that is awesome!

CCC (Crazy Cooking Camper) said...

I really like your version of this sweater. Great job. And those buttons look really nice.

Chris said...

Gorgeous! What girl doesn't need another basic black sweater??

Bertha said...

Man, this makes me want to drop what I am doing and pick mine up right now! Yours came out fantastic!

Kim U said...

Wow, looks great! Awesome job of taking photos of the black sweater, too.

ingrid said...

It's perfect! Very flattering and I'm sure (I hope!) you'll get lots of use out of it.

melissa said...

pretty!

Kat said...

Awesome! Yes, it's in my queue too. I'll get around to it one of these days.

Kristin said...

Nice sweater. I'm still trying to decide what kind of buttons to put on my February Lady Sweater. Now you've got me thinking rectangular.

Elizabeth said...

I love it! It looks great in black. I will probably be making this sweater someday, too.

vivian said...

Awesome job! It looks fabulous on you! I can't wait to make this one myself.

Cassy said...

I love it! I just finished one too (minus the buttons), but I like the length of yours better.

Ivywindow said...

Oh, that is heavenly. I love how the black makes it even more grown up too.

Gudrun Johnston said...

Very classic librarian wear (if you're a funky, rockin, cool kinda librarian like you)! Love it!

Judy B said...

Lovely pictures. The stitch patterns stand out very well.

beachknits said...

alison, that turned out so great!

Brenda said...

There might be a gazillion and they might all be figure flattering, but to me, yours is outstanding. The best of the lot. Fit, sleeve length, colour - just gorgeous.

claudia said...

That sweater really suits you. My sister is bringing hers to Rhinebeck so I can try on before committing.

Stacey said...

Great idea on the buttons. Never thought of doing that. Also, I have seen many February Lady Sweaters now...and yours is the first to make me want one for myself. Great job!

Seanna Lea said...

This is definitely on my list of knits (and it doesn't hurt that stern library worker is my job!), maybe after I finish a sweater with piecing as an easier to finish treat!

gleek said...

so cute alison!! i think that it works really well in black. i bet you'll wear it all the time.

Frieda said...

Gorgeous ! The fit and colour is very flattering ; nice work ...

Lindsey said...

It looks lovely! I'm working on the same sweater right now, also in black. I'm only a sleeve away from being finished! :)

Lee Ann said...

That's the cutest example of that sweater I've seen on the internets, by far.

Not kidding.

(Okay, I'm a sucker for little black jackets, but still...brava!)

Lin said...

Very nice jacket, I like the toggles.

Melanie said...

Very cute, it looks great on you. I'm almost inspired to knit one for myself.

Dorothy said...

Oh, I'm working on mine now! Yours looks great, and I love the buttons!

Tamara said...

Very nice! And you did a great job of capturing it on film, black yarn and all.

pamela wynne said...

love it!

Ande said...

Supercute! Mine turned out a bit big but I will be making another, and another, and another! You did a wonderful job! It really suits you!

Elysbeth said...

AARGH, I've been "resisting the dreaded cast on" for this, I even made a full size swatch and washed it. Your lovely version is not helping me resist. It's very flattering to you.

Anonymous said...

I approve of your stern librarian look. I had to use mine several times this week--not on children (although it seemed to be Screaming Baby Day every day)--but on supposedly grown men.

Aaand...love the sweater. Thanks for the link.

Found you through the Mason-Dixon ladies. Would have entered your contest but I already bought the book. Hope it finds a good home
LNE

Nell said...

Love it! Love the toggles! Fantastic!