Here she is, folks, and the finish line is so close, I swear, she’s pawing at the ground to break free.
This is the point at which I abandoned ‘red filly’ in order to delve into my holiday gifts. She’s knit with Brooks Farm hand-dyed merino on size 5 needles, using the top down UNpattern of designer Karen Alfke.
The beauty of Karen’s unpattern is that it can be adapted easily (only simple math is involved) to any gauge yarn and one’s own measurements to assure an absolutely perfect fit.
As you can tell from ‘red filly,’ I have long arms (no, not exactly ape-lady) and I like my sleeves and cuffs to have a generous length. With just a few measurements and quick calculations, I was able to determine the proper number of rows and shaping to get the desired effect. Want to know another little secret to success? Knitting your sleeves by row count ensures that both sleeves will be exactly alike.
And, because this sweater is worked entirely in the round, there are no seams to finish at the end.
After a fitting this morning (yes, another advantage to working a sweater from the top down and in the round – you can try it on as you go to make sure the fit is correct) I determined that I have approximately 1.5 – 2 inches to add to the bottom edge before cast-off.
giddyyup, li’l pony.