The big star of the Gesture sweater is that stunning cable that travels down the center of the front, back, and sleeves. It is surprisingly easy to memorize the pattern, and considering the size of the sweater, I’d say this was a quick knit. It is knit in pieces, which lends a certain portability to the project – sleeves are basically like knitting socks. And with an fairly easy to memorize cable design, the sleeves were done in no time.
As someone who is on the petite side, I eliminated one of the cable repeats to shorten the sweater overall by a couple of inches, and I’m glad I did that- the length is perfect for me with this slight adjustment. If only I had done the same for the sleeves! I forget that I have short t-rex arms, and should have eliminated about 3 of the cable repeats on them to accommodate that. But there is something casual and extra cozy about them being a bit long on me.
On cold days, it’s kind of nice to tuck my hands up into these cozy alpaca sleeves. Speaking of the alpaca yarn, I can’t say enough good things about the yarn that comes in this kit- the 100% baby alpaca is so ridiculously soft, and has held up nicely with wear. This pattern is seamed, which is absolutely crucial to keeping a 100% alpaca sweater from getting stretched out (long time readers know that I love seams for stability and increasing the lifespan of garments!). If you want to know a bit more of the pros and cons of getting a kit from We Are Knitters, I discussed it in more detail in my first post in this series, which you can find here.
I did make a slight modification to the pattern to widen the neckline into more of a boat neck. When seaming the shoulders, I stopped each seam 1 inch further away from the neckline on both sides than called for in the pattern. I love a slightly wider neckline, I think it adds balance to larger sweaters. But of course, you need to watch for stray bra straps.
The drop sleeve shoulder is a great detail on this design, and works when knitting something that is a bit oversized. I would absolutely knit this sweater again in a heartbeat- I enjoyed the whole process, and the result is so wearable and cozy, perfect for the cold weather.
With holiday season is approaching, a kit is a great idea for a knitter in your life (or if YOU want one for a gift, send the link to someone as a not-so-subtle hint!). If you are interested in getting this kit (or any of them, there are so many to choose from), I’ve got a special code for you for 15% off!!
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And of course, there will be an outtakes post early next week- because when you do photo shoots with kids around, you know there are going to be photo bombs of cuteness. And of course, it was bloody freezing the whole time, so if you look closely, my nose is pink in every. single. photo.
* This is part two of a short series of sponsored posts for We Are Knitters. I chose the pattern kit and the colour, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.