Look who finally finished knitting a sweater! It’s not the first I’ve started, but it is the first long sleeved (knit, rather than crochet) sweater I’ve ever finished. I love it so much!
The pattern is the Cozy Classic Raglan by Jessie Maed Designs that I started as part of a class with Uncommon Threads. The yarn (also from Uncommon Threads) is Luma from The Fiber Co. It’s 50% merino wool, 25% organic cotton, 15% linen and 10% silk. It was really nice to knit with and I adore the color. But I’ll probably avoid wool for things next to my skin going forward. It doesn’t feel itchy when I touch it with my hands, but on my arms and stomach I get scratchy. It’s lovely yarn. It’s just me. I’m hoping it softens after a bit with washing but until then, I’ll probably be wearing it with an undershirt.
The pattern is great. Mostly straightforward and I like the neckline which has plenty of stretch. One alteration I made (I know! Me, making knitting pattern alterations! I’ve come so far!) was to do a size medium neckline because I like wider necks and then go back to a small. Basically I just started on the small wherever I was based on how many stitches the medium neckline left me with. It worked great. I probably could even do a size extra small, but I love the slouchy nature of it. I think the pattern would work well for a cotton, too, so I might try that next as I’m definitely putting this pattern in my TNT basket.
It probably sat on sleeve island (aka everything finished but the sleeves) and it was a tiny sleeve island at that — only about 3 inches on each sleeve except for the cuff — for about a year before I got around to doing it. But I’m so glad I did because now I can wear it! And coincidentally, it looks great with my Coastal Side Split Skirt that I just pattern tested as well.