Just this week I finished my Belle Sweater! Yay! It took me over three months to finish the dang thing (because I got incredibly tied up with my sophomore year of college) so I’m so so happy!! Too bad I finished it just in time for the heat wave! Still, I can’t wait to wear it.
Isn’t it super cute?! I think that out of all the garments I’ve made for myself, it’s my favorite (my favorite top ever is still the Latern Pullover I made for my sister).
The Pattern: This pattern comes from the May/June 2013 issue of Crochet Today! (so I’m not that far behind!). I really think it’s a great pattern. The stitch pattern is super cool. It’s harder to see from the pictures of the finished sweater (taken by my boyfriend, whose Samsung Galaxy apparantly has worse camera quality than my iPhone 4), so I included the WIP picture I normally put up on Ravelry as a teaser. It’s really repetative a therefore extremely easy. I also love the puffy sleeves. I’m not sure how comfortable they’ll be, but I think they’re super cute. I took off two stripes from them because my gauge was really off with my change in yarn (I went down two hook sizes to a C and followed instructions for a small in order to get the width of the medium!!) and I think they’re a lot better this way. Other than that, I made no changes to the pattern. I really like the neck. It’s the same for both front and back, which I think made constructing the sweater easier. It’s really wide and I think it’s very flattering. To compliment the high and wide neck, I’m looking to buy a strapless bra (or clear straps) and a long pendant necklace. Overall, I would highly recommend this pattern. It’s definitely a time consuming one, but I just love the result and I had not a single moment of confusion or doubt. Very clear, very great. Lovelovelove!!
The Yarn: I used two skeins each of the Michael’s brand (Loops & Threads) yarn called Snuggly Wuggly Baby Sport in Cobalt and White. It definitely messed with my gauge a lot, but I got that under control. The yarn feels nice and I’d use it again. The biggest difference is my choice of colors. I was so set on keeping the white shown in the magazine, but the dark blue wasn’t a necessity. I went for a more subtle blue that still has a nice contrast with the white (very important to show off the interesting stripes) but isn’t so bold. I think it really softens up the look of the sweater and I think it was an excellent choice on my part!
What’s Next for Me: All I have left for this May/June 2013 issue of Crochet Today! is the Madrid Outfit for Lulu and the Butterfly Stitch Scarf that uses a really cool stitch I want to learn and will use up a solid amount of stashed yarn. Then it’s on to the July/August one!! There I’ll be making the final outfit for Lulu (Hawaii!). I really am itching to do some knitting, so expect a tiny knit project popping up in the midst of my lengthy to-do list!