As I mentioned before, this yarn IS wonderful to work with. After wearing it for a while, however, I have been disappointed by how much it fuzzes up and balls when worn. My first project was a sleeveless sweater which did it some, and a cardigan which needed to be "shaved" after every wearing where the sleeves rubbed against the body! Very disappointing.
I made 2 of these for Christmas gifts and they were very quick & easy. I would make 2 changes, however. First, since I don't like seeing the underside of the zipper I would pick up stitches along the wrong side of the zipper and knit 3 rows to make a facing to cover it. Second, I will NEVER AGAIN USE CHEAP YARN!! I had some left over from the craft store from when I first began knitting and my conscience made me use it up. I hate when I do that, because the time invested in a project is about the same no matter what yarn you use, and the end result is SO DIFFERENT! Oh well, lesson learned. And my conscience feels much better :-)
I knit this wonderful vest in a week! I was finally finished with all my knitted Christmas gifts and wanted to reward myself with a project for ME!!!
The instructions were simple and the fit perfect. Being the perfectionist that I am, I chose to graft the shoulder and hood seams, and I'm glad I did. Also, after the first wearing I decided I didn't like seeing the back side of the zipper tape, so I picked up stitches from the wrong side all along the zipper and knitted 3 rows of stockinette (right side next to zipper tape), and bound them off. Slip-stitched this facing in place and -- Voila! --invisible, and Perfect! (It's a curse)
I will definitely use this pattern again. Soon.
I loved it so much the first time I used it I bought two more colors! It is absolutely wonderful to work with and block. The ones I bought in colors NEVER FAIL to bring compliments from total strangers! The wool makes it warm and the silk makes it drape beautifully, and since they are natural fibers it breathes wonderfully -- never too hot or too cold! Absolutely a 5-Star winner!
I love the Knitting Pure and Simple patterns -- they are always easy to read and to make up. They are accurate to the measurements on each one, but not necessarily consistent from one pattern to another. In other words, don't just assume you always wear a medium and skip the measuring part -- you will be disappointed about the fit. The way the neck begins is confusing, as stated right away in the instructions, but just as they said, it becomes evident as you go along. Voila!, the neck is shaped just as it should be ... lower in the front than in the back. The one-piece construction is easy and appealing to even a beginning knitter and the sweater is very cute!
This yarn is a dream to work with and touch! It has a rather long eyelash so it tends to make your project look fluffy. If a slim silhouette is what you are looking for, you might want to pass on using it for that wonderful sweater pattern you were so anxious to make up!!