That’s the back in its entirety and one almost complete front.
I made a few moderations, of course. I added more length by knitting four extra rows in each section between colorwork stripes, and I went up a needle size on the fronts.
I’m a tight colorwork knitter, so I wanted to go up a needle size (from 4s to 5s) for the stranded stripes on the fronts and sleeves anyway, but I decided that maybe the whole thing could be a little looser, which give me a tiny bit of extra length in the front.
Here’s a closeup of what the back and front side-by-side. I think that gauges are close enough, and since I’m doing the same number of rows, I’ll be able to match everything up perfectly.
Normally, I add short-rows in the front of sweaters to make room for the boobs and belly, but I couldn’t do that with this sweater because it would look . . . weird. I’d end up with larger stripes of cream in the front, and I don’t think I’d like that. So hopefully, the larger needles will help. But since I added length throughout, I’m not too worried. And this is meant to be an outer layer, after all.
I rarely use the yarn colors shown in the sample sweater, but this time I just had to! Jesie Ostermiller’s color choices are so right on. I looked and looked at other combos, finally deciding not to reinvent the wheel. These three colors just work.
What’s funny is that I’ve gotten so many compliments on the color combination, with people complimenting me on my ability to choose colors that contrast so well. I can’t take the credit, but I can enjoy the fact that people like the sweater I’m knitting!
I’m working on a bobble row right now, and I know from questions I’ve gotten on Knitting Daily, many people don’t like bobbles! But as it turns out, this is because they don’t know how to knit them. So here’s a quick video showing how these tiny little bobbles are worked.
I hope this helps you, bobble-makers!