Vacation weaving
Dahlia is Done!

It's Rhinebeck Sweater Time

Unlike last year's whole bunch of crazy, I opted for a relatively easy knit to premiere at Rhinebeck.  It's Dahlia from the Fall 2011 Interweave; one of those love at first sight, omg I have to knit it right now sort of sweaters.

I'm using stashed Lavold Silky Wool Tweed and while it's thicker than the called-for yarn, it's drapey and soft and tweed and yummy.  I'm very pleased with the work in progress.

Dahlia centre motif

The sweater has an interesting construction which I didn't quite understand at the beginning.  You start with the centre back motif knit in the round, then build in pieces to make it a big rectangle with sleeves.

Once it clicked, it all made sense, but looking at it now, I might have done it differently to avoid the seams that attach the lace motif to the top and bottom back of the sweater.

photo

I have no issue with seaming, I just don't like having a seam where both ends are closed because if my gauge is off on one of the two pieces, it's rather difficult to fix without ripping a whole lot of rows (95 long ones to be exact).  I suspect the miracle that is blocking will make this all work out though.  

The pink lines are waste yarn--they mark the afterthought-armholes.  Very clever.  Once I'm done the left front (you may notice the sweater is just a rectangle) I will seam and block to ensure it's the right sized rectangle before I start doing the sleeves.  

I notice Rhinbeck is approaching rather quickly; I need to keep knitting, knitting knitting.

Comments

Wow! That sweater is beautiful. I like how it's delicate looking but still seems warm and snuggly. I love your yarn choice, too.

Wow, Steph, that really is a fabulous sweater (must go get Fall Interweave now...) I love the colour of yarn you've chosen!

I love that sweater! It's definitely on my ever-growing list of sweaters to knit. :)

I'm making the same sweater in the same yarn! Only a bright, vibrant red. I am loving the mossy green, however...
And I agree about the over abundance of seams - I'm hoping it works out...

Lovely!!! I'm scrambling to finish Hallet's Ledge. Do you promise to take the wheel so I can finish on the way there?

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