Yarn: Mirasol Nuna in ‘Royal Purple”
Needles: 3.5 mm (US 4)
Mods: Eliminated two of the hexagon repeats, as I was concerned that the silk in the yarn would already yield a much longer garment, post-blocking.
Notes: I fell in love with this pattern, and I have a soft spot for convertible items of clothing and accessories (perfect for travelling!) but this was just a bit off the mark. Some of it was the pattern being a bit too general in it’s sizing, and some of it was my fault. The ‘my fault’ part: buttons. I was so excited to use a bunch of the vintage shell buttons I had, but I find that the results a bit too much of a gypsy sort of look. Not that it’s bad (it isn’t) but it’s not my style. I wish I had gone for more subtle, nearly invisible, buttons.
The pattern: the sizing is waaaaay to big for my arms (the photos hide how flappy the sleeves are. I don’t understand why fit issues never seem to show up in the photos- I swear it’s not all in my head!). I understand that the width is meant to give it the option of being a wrap, but I don’t think it then converts easily into a shrug for those with skinny toothpick arms. If I were to make this again (and I very well might, I love the idea of it so much) I would eliminate about 15-20 stitches of the stockinette in the middle.I also would probably eliminate another 2 hexagon repeats, so that it could still be worn as a vest (see the Flickr photos for better shots of when worn as a vest) but with less fabric volume.
Otherwise, this was a fun knit. It’s a good thing that I’m determined to give lots of knitted gifts this year! I believe this lovely thing will go to someone who fits it better.
Also, I never gave an update on the Agathe colour combo voting!! Option 3 won out, but not by much. And there were some excellent suggestions about possibly mixing it up based on some of the colours in that post- using pink stripes in with the black or brown, for example. So- I’ve placed my order for option 3 colours, and when they arrive I’ll begin watching!!