My latest most favourite sweater - Tre Archi by Louisa Harding, knit in the softest merino I've ever tried - Zegna Baruffa Cashwool. It is yet another one of those Italian wool bobbin yarns I've been ordering online lately. I've got two more colors of this yarn - dark green and asphalt and the latter is going to turn into another sweater for me too, probably soon.
Pattern: Tre Archi by Louisa Harding
Yarn: Zegna Baruffa Cashwool 8, dark bordeaux, 330 g
Needle: 3.5 mm, 4 mm
Time to knit: two weeks
Notes and modifications:
1. From the original pattern I used only the overall visual concept and the charts for the cables, but I chose to make mine a longer and fitted sweater. I knit the body and the sleeves in the round and made my own calculations for the stitches and rows. The arches for the body are placed low, so that the most narrow part of the cables would fall at the waist. Thus I started with 221 sts - 17 repeats of the cable and ended at the waist with 152 sts. Then I increased the stitches gradually on both sided until the armholes and split the knitting for the back and the front.
2. The original beginning with two rows of garter stitch curled despite my efforts to block it, so I carefully unravelled the cast on row and made the bottom end of the sweater symmetrical to the neckband. That should have been my logical choice from the beginning, I think this edge is much more beautiful and there's no danger of rolling up.
3. For the sleeves I cast on 60 sts, increased to 65 sts in the first knit row for 5 repeats of the cables, knitted in the round. This gave me 45 sts at the end of the cabled part. Then I gradually increased to 65 sts to the armholes, adding two new stitches every 10 rows. I sewed the sleeves to the body using mattress stitch.
I am absolutely thrilled with the result - so much my type of sweater - simple, elegant and feminine.