I’ve got to admit that while I will wear the sweater, I don’t think it will end up being one of my favorites. It has however provided an opportunity to learn from mistakes that will help improve future projects. Here’s what I’ve learned.
- Debbie Bliss Cashmerino creates a very soft fabric that tends to get fuzzy and pills easily. It is more suitable for baby clothing that will only be used for one season but not for a sweater that should last for several years.
- Don’t assume that the sweater will fit like the picture in the pattern. The woman who modeled this sweater in the magazine must be a size 2 while the sweater that she’s wearing a size 10. The actual fit is much tighter than shown. From now on I’ll check measurements more carefully before starting a project.
- The biggest advantage of knitting from the top down is the ability to try on the garment as it progresses and make adjustments if necessary. However, this is only an advantage if washing and blocking doesn’t need to be taken into account. Cashmerino relaxes when washed so I was never sure whether it was going to fit properly.