I am back in Germany for a little while, just until we make the big move to North Dakota in January.
I'd been busy arranging all sorts of things prior to leaving Florida but that did not stop me from knitting. Even the knitting injury that made me take a break from hand-knitting couldn't stop me from knitting on the machine. And so, here is my Georgie cardigan, adapted from Kim Hargreaves' book Breeze.
The yarn is Brown Sheep Co.'s Nature Spun in sport weight; the color is Evergreen - a much more vibrant shade of emerald than these pictures would lead you to believe. I love how evenly this yarn works up on the machine.
Side views, belted and unbelted (I will be wearing this belted because I like the waist definition the belt adds and also because then no other closure will be needed):
I adjusted the fronts for a slightly smaller overlap because I wanted to knit the hood in one piece, which limited it to no more than 200 needles. (I used them all.) I'd left the neckline stitches live to hang back on the machine after blocking the pieces and grafting the shoulder seams. The decreases at the center back of the hood were a royal pain because I was working without a garter bar or my 9-prong transfer tool, which meant transferring close to 200 stitches toward the center three stitches at a time. Let's just say that the hood took longer to knit than the rest of the sweater combined.
I started with 2" deep hung hems and continued in stockinette all the way up. I had originally planned to make a 1x1 ribbed band at the center front, then changed my mind after blocking the first front piece. This necessitated re-knitting that piece and coming up with a different edge treatment. I decided on crab stitch but after multiple unsatisfactory attempts I changed it to a simple row of half-double crochet stitches all around the front edges.
This was a really straight-forward project. I will wear the cardigan for a while before making another one because I want to see how I like the overlap. I'm thinking smaller overlap next time but I want to make sure.