FO: Aftur and the Cup

I finished this sweater back in November — I actually wore it on Thanksgiving! — but it never got an official writeup because I was too busy knitting the Mandelbrot Wave sweater for my sister K.

DH and I ended up in Toronto for New Year’s Eve and I decided that a warm, wooly sweater was the perfect accompaniment for December days in lovely Canada.

The Stanley Cup was the perfect accompaniment to the lovely Icelandic sweater.

me and the cup
the Cup, Aftur, and a slouching me

Seeing the Cup and being able to touch it and look at it up close? That was one of the most unique experiences of my life. It was completely awesome. The entire Hockey Hall of Fame was really, really cool and if you’re a hockey fan and find yourself in Toronto, take a couple of hours and pop in there. It’s worth it.

me and the cup again

Stats ‘n Facts on the sweater:

Aftur, Lopi 25, designed by Vedis Jonsdottir, knit the largest size (44″?)

main color: Ístex Létt-Lopi #0054 (not quite 8 full balls used);
Ístex Létt-Lopi #0005 (black, almost 1 full ball used), small amounts of Reynolds Lite Lopi in red, kiwi, and turquoise; KFI Cashmereno for the lined neckband

Knit Picks Options, US7

27 October 2007 – 13 November 2007 — less than a month!

Not many. I added two rows of contrast trim at the cuffs, which a number of people have mentioned that they like the look of. I added waist shaping (just a few decreases). I used a different, softer yarn to line the neckband. I also made the sweater larger than I normally would have because I knew I would be layering it.

Overall? I love this sweater. If I could change anything, it would be to bring the armpits in a bit. I’m not exactly short (I’m 5’6″) but I am short between my armpit and top of the shoulder. I’ve noticed this while knitting raglans — they usually want me to knit them to 12 inches or longer — I’m happier in the 8-9 inch raglan length, and then I add short rows and sometimes increases in the bust to accomodate it. Maybe I just like my armpits snug? Since I followed the yoke in the pattern closely, I ended up with a sweater with a yoke a wee bit longer than I like. I’m still happy with it, darnit!

another room in the Hockey Hall of Fame

Unfortunately a nice handknit sweater won’t help you with your wrist shot:

me taking a shot at the HHoF

My form was all wrong that day. I did take a few at over 30 mph, but could not lift the puck. At least I had a sweet-looking sweater, even if I had a sad-looking wrist shot!

10 Comments so far

  1. Megan on January 3rd, 2008

    Awesome sweater and *wicked* cool photos of you with the Stanley Cup! Color me impressed with both.

  2. Jess on January 4th, 2008

    What a great sweater! It looks very good on you.

  3. Betty on January 4th, 2008

    Sweater looks great on you! Did you kiss the cup?

  4. ann on January 4th, 2008

    Aftur is gorgeous! The colors in the yoke really frame your face nicely. Well done! (oh, and very cool about the Stanley Cup!)

  5. Kristina on January 4th, 2008

    It is beautiful! And the colors are perfect on you!

  6. E on January 4th, 2008

    LOL. “At least I had a sweet-looking sweater …” indeed. We definitely have our priorities. :)

  7. gleek on January 4th, 2008

    the sweater looks great!!

  8. Stef on January 6th, 2008

    I love the sweater. The colors are awesome, and about the armhole length– it just means you can wear more shirts under it so that people can see your awesome sweater on progressively colder days. ^__^

    (I will definitely check out the Hockey Hall of Fame if I ever get back to Toronto. )

  9. Julie on January 6th, 2008

    Jess this is perfect. Seriously. It makes me want to knit sweaters NOW! Fabulous.

  10. stacey on January 8th, 2008

    that came out great!!!! i love the idea of lining the neck….