Pattern: Zora from Knitty : Winter 2009
Yarn: Newton's Yarn Country 100% NZ Merino (double stranded)
Needles: US 3
Size made: Medium (42.75)
Started: March 11, 2010
Finished: June 17, 2010
The yarn was bought at Stitches South - last year! Mom picked it out for me to make a sweater for her - and she had picked out a pattern at Stitches as well, but that pattern did not work out at all. (It was badly written, and badly designed.) So that attempt was frogged, and the yarn sat for a few months while I decided what would be best - and then I saw the Zora pattern - perfect!
The yarn is really closer to a lace weight, so I double stranded it to get gauge (and an added bonus is that it really helped the colors to not pool or flash!)
1. I didn't start the lace until after the turned hem - the pattern has you start the lace right after the turning row, but I didn't like the look of that.
2. I knit the bottom portion with no seams and then split for the two fronts and the back at the start of the armhole decreases. I really hate seaming sweater sides. I also knit the sleeves in the round - I hate seaming sleeves, too. :-)
That was it for modifications! It's a very well written pattern, and it turned out beautifully.
It's designed to be an oversized, comfy sweater, with lots of positive ease. It'll be nice and cozy when the weather turns colder (which is very hard to imagine right now in this summer heat!) Hopefully my mom will like it! I'm sure she will, but I almost wish she'll hate it just so I can keep it for myself!! :-)