Gotta say — this is the quickest sweater I’ve ever knit. It might be the first time that I’ve completed a sweater in time to still be able to wear it in the current season! Woo-hoo! So from start to finish, it only took me 6 weeks to knit. And honestly, I could have finished it at least 2 weeks ago, but I had put the sweater aside to work on some other stuff.
I do have a couple of notes on this Army of Knitters pattern – which is officially called the Carnac. I had read on Ravelry that the sleeves of the sweater were pretty tight, so I initially knit the sleeves a couple of sizes bigger. When I tried on the sleeves, they looked really baggy, so I frogged it and knitted up the sleeves as they were designed for my size. It’s really all about the blocking. Yes, the sleeves are a little tight, but if you block the sleeves wide enough, it should be comfortable. Also, using 100% cotton yarn really helps the sweater stretch out a little.
Also, I have no idea how anyone could cast on the sleeves on circular needles – at any size! It was pretty tough. I ended up knitting the ribbing on double-pointed needles and switched to circulars when knitting the mesh pattern. Even then, it was still a little awkward. So, to anyone who hasn’t knit this sweater yet, I highly recommend getting a set of size 15 dpns.
End result? The sweater is really comfortable and flattering. I wore it out shopping this weekend in Soho and it’s perfect for the 50-60 degree days we’re having in New York now. Can’t wait to bring to Boston — my sister is nearly finished with her own Carnac. Hello, sister blogger photo-op!
I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment. So, now what? Oh right….Need to finish a couple scarves…