Yesterday, I finished my Rosebud Sweater! After seven months of staring at the same color yarn, working the same stitch pattern for rows and rows, it’s become a completely finished garment that I love! I couldn’t be happier!
The Pattern: The pattern is called Giraffe, and it’s a fabulous free pattern. I picked it because I saw a similar pattern in a book I got for Christmas, but I couldn’t get a handle on the brioche ribbing. The pattern is very simple, and the ribbing makes it very forgiving in terms of fit (which is so important to me!). I used size seven needles. I increased the length of all of the pieces (my gauge was a bit tight) but didn’t modify the width because of the stretchiness of the rib stitch. I didn’t make the long neck (I couldn’t pull of a turtleneck, personally). It was an easy, versatile pattern. I highly recommend it.
The Yarn: I used Berroco Comfort Chunky in Rosebud. It’s a great yarn! It’s got an interestingly silky feel to it, which I really like (I’ve never been a big fan of the wooly/hairy yarns). I really like the color… It’s pretty unique! The yarn is supposed to be chunky weight, but it feels pretty much like worsted to me. It’s extremely comfortable when worn. It’ll keep me warm, but it won’t irritate my skin at all. I’d definitely recommend the yarn too!!
What’s next for me: I’m not sure! It took me a very long time to make this sweater. I think I lost some of my steam due to the grandness of it. I think a small project is in order. Since I’m graduating with a degree in chemistry at the end of this semester, I was thinking of making a chemistry-related hat. My thought was to chart the chemical structure for polyacrylonitrile (which is what acrylic yarn is made out of) on the hat. It’s currently just a vision in my head, but I think it could be really cool and nerdy. It would combine my love of chemistry and yarn, which is a pretty unique combination. I shall keep you posted!