I finished knitting Crossroads by Yumiko Alexander. The pattern is published in her "Modern by Choice" book, which I purchased early this year at Stitches West. I was attracted to thsi pattern because of the asymmetrical hemline,which occurs naturally because of the different gauge and drape of the bottom lace pattern. The pattern calls for a fingering weight yarn, but I didn't want it that light and airy. I wanted something a little more substantial that I could wear without a second layer underneath. Wearing a second layer with a cotton/silk knit defeats the purpose of a warm weather knit. I used the DK weight Rowan Purelife Revive yarn so the sweater doesn't have an open weave. I knit the smallest size at a slightly smaller gauge. Here's a list of the other mods:
- I knitted shorter sleeves by casting on 8, then 6 stitches at the underarms.
- I added some shaping to the neckline since I don't love boat neck sweaters. For some reason, I don't like how they feel against my throat.
- I used short rows to shape the shoulders and 3-needle bind-off to join them.
- For the neckline and sleeve trims, I used a row of single crochet followed by a row of reverse single crochet.
- I reduced my needle size by 1 (from 5 to 4) starting at the upper midriff area because I wanted it a bit smaller on top.