Having finished my Kim Hargreaves Wallace cardigan the weekend before last I immediately cast on for another sweater.
I'd seen this sweater on Pinterest recently, along with instructions on how to make one yourself by cutting open the neckline of a purchased sweater and adding the bow.
I decided that I'd much rather knit one.
I stopped off at my local craft store and found some lovely Sirdar Softspun DK. It's mainly synthetic fibres (only 25% wool), but that suits me find. I find many wools itchy anyway, and I hate having to handwash sweaters and block them back into shape.
Initially I was tempted to go for pale pink, but I'm not really a pale pink type of person, so I wondered how much it would be worn. I decided on black, although with the slight sheen in the yarn its not a solid "dark" black.
I then set about finding a pattern, and settled on Pretty Mallory sweater, a free download from the Cascade Yarns website.
My decision was based largely on the fact that I wanted a top down raglan pattern, so I could leave one of the raglan "seams" open to add the bow later. To achieve this, I knitted the first 3 1/2 inches flat rather than in the round, then joined and continued in the round as the pattern is written.
I've added a single repeat of the lace pattern from the sleeves to the front for a bit of added interest.
I completed the body last night, so it's now onto the sleeves. I think they'll take a little longer, although the lace pattern is simple it does require slightly more concentration than rounds and rounds of knit stitches do!
I apologise for the rubbish photos - this yarn is really hard to photograph!