And knit, and knit, and knit, the section from shoulder to armhole, 4 times:
The buttons (choice 3) are a little big, but the sweater will mostly be worn unbuttoned:
The pattern is Tenaya, and it is a great pattern, my issues with knitting and reknitting where because I failed to read one simple instruction, over and over.
The sweater is knit from the back shoulders down to the armhole, then the fronts are knit to the same spot and joined. After working to the hem, the sleeves are picked up and knit to the cuff.
The sweater has a lot of detail - like the neck band and waist darts- and beautiful cables, I love the back of it:
I made the size 39 3/4" and shortened the body by about an inch because I have found that I like a cardigan that hits at the top of my hips, rather than at the full of my hips. The sweater fits nicely, but it is roomier than I thought it would be - not a complaint - I think I will wear it a lot.
When I cleaned out the sweater section of my closet, I tried on everything and realized that the heavier me knit a lot of longer sweaters in a futile attempt to cover things up. It was so hard to donate a few of these plus sized sweaters, and I know lots of knitters might have ripped them for the yarn, but I'm trying to keep moving forward and to figure out how to keep the weight off, so holding onto hold disguises won't help.
The yarn was that train wreck MadTosh Sport that I overdyed to even out. Some parts of the sweater are a little uneven in tone, but not enough to risk another dye/heat cycle.
I will knit this one again someday and it will be from solid colored yarn.
In other news, I finished a pullover yesterday and it is blocking. Our weather is going through some changes so it has a few days to dry before it will be cold enough for a worsted weight sweater.
I'm feeling okay, still tired, but I noticed that the metallic taste in my mouth is fading, for the first time in months and that is good since I see the dentist this week.
I was going to stay in today, but we need milk so I'm heading out for errands in a bit and later today, I will start sewing lessons with Miss S. - wish us well!