Sunday, May 2, 2010
Parasola is finished!
I just finished up Parasola, from Nora Gaughan Vol. 6.. I love the look of the circular ornaments on the front. That's what sold me on buying the booklet when I saw the sample at Stitches West. The yarn is the recommended Berroco Pure Pima. It's very soft and has a nice sheen, but it is a bit splitty to knit with. The finished sweater has a very nice drape and I'm very happy with the fit.
I changed the shaping of the sweater from an A-line to the standard decreases-at-the-waist shaping. I also started with a 2-inch narrower circumference at the bottom because I didn't want too much positive ease. I modified my sleeves to be slightly puffy. With the flat sleeves, this sweater was just too tight at the shoulder joint because the gathers at the neckline pull the upper bodice inward and makes it quite narrow at the top. The puffing gives me a nice comfortable ease at the shoulders.