Thursday, September 30, 2010

astor

I called my mother after I finished this one and told her it was my new favorite. Of course, she laughed and said that I say that after every sweater I finish. Ha. Maybe I do. Please don't think I don't have issues with some of my knitting (and life), I do, just like everyone else. However, this one? This has all those things I look for in a sweater, while making AND wearing.
I like it worn closed. I like the big needles that make you feel like you have made all sorts of progress in a short time.
I adore a sweater with pockets. The 3/4 sleeves are great especially since this yarn is heavy and warm. Not to mention that they can be knit in a couple of hours.
I like it worn open. It sort of flows when you walk. You know, it just feels "cool".
The back is good 'ol stockinette. It felt like a little blanket draped across my legs while knitting. Bonus.
And of course, the design of the wickerwork pattern is truly my favorite. Just enough detail to make it interesting.

Pattern: Berroco astor
Yarn: Berroco Peruvia Quick, 9 hanks, #9170 fumar
Needles: size 11
Mods: None.
Notes: I was a little confused with the sizing when casting on. The model is wearing a size L:48 inches, and in the pattern notes it mentions that this was designed with a slightly oversized fit. I ended up making a size 40.

117 comments:

Jane said...

You can where it on your trip!! Love it Leslie! You've inspired me once again!

JoAnn said...

LOVE this sweater!! Especially since there is no button band. You did a fabulous job knitting this and chose a great color. That pattern will have to go into my Faves also.

Jess said...

This is wonderful! I always get inspired when I come here!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love the sweater! What a perfect cardigan for this fall/winter.

Sarah Jackson said...

ok that is a perfect sweater. Love it!

seashoreknits said...

Oh Leslie I LOVE this!!! It looks fantastic on you (as all your sweaters do) but your enthusiastic endorsement of this one makes me want to order the pattern quick. Don't you just love Norah's patterns? Even though the thought of super bulky yarn isn't something I would normally gravitate to (living on the beach) this looks like a real winner - thanks for the inspiration!

sapphireblue said...

That's gorgeous!

Michelle said...

That came out great. I love your choices in sweaters.

emileeknits said...

That looks great on you!

Denise said...

Wow, it's finished already? I seriously don't know how you knit big sweaters so quickly, it would take me months. I know you often only have one thing on the needles at once and that might be why, but it just looks like a whole lotta knitting to me ;) Looks wonderful too of course.

Gnat said...

It looks great!!

Thea said...

I love this!! enjoy....

Alicia said...

That looks great! I love the charcoal color too.

ColorSlut said...

Came out perfect. What a great sweater.

Missy knits said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love everything about it: the pattern, the color and style. Wow!!

Kathy said...

Wow, yours looks so much nicer than the booklet! I thought it would be bunched at the bottom and give it a rounded-balloon shape, but yours is nice and straight. Beautiful!

wayside wanderer said...

It's beautiful! So flattering and I love the color. Such inspiration!

Seanna Lea said...

That looks great on you. It is hard for me to decide how large a size to make if it is oversized. I mean, how much ease do you need for oversized?

kim said...

Okay, that is seriously beautiful. Love the pattern, the fit, the overall look. A winner!

Sewn With Grace said...

I LOVE IT! I want to ask you if you block your sweaters? Because of you, I've moved on from children's sweaters to trying one for me. I have not blocked a sweater before and wouldn't even know how to start. Help!

Vanilla said...

What a gorgeous sweater!!! It's like having a blanket wrapped around you! Love the color. Great hand work. Is it a nice yarn to knit with? Soft on your hands? How many skeins did you use?

stitching under oaks said...

It turned out beautifully...just perfect for the seasons ahead. I love the front bands. wonderful job!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Oh wow! Can't they all be your fave? :)

Amy J said...

Looks wonderful on you :) Might jump into my favs...

Kristyn Knits said...

another one to add to the collection to love! it looks perfect on you! love. love. love.

Mary said...

Perfect! Love at first sight! I have to make one! :D

harriet said...

Wow. That really is a lovely sweater. I definitely will make note of this pattern.

The WoodLand School said...

Marvelous! I love how the cables add a spark of interest ... and I can just imagine how snuggly and cuddly this feels!

said...

Muito, muito lindo, adorei:))

bjinhos

riotyarn said...

Wow! A new favorite to knit.

Mim said...

This is great! I want to cast on for it right now!

Erin said...

It really is beautiful. I totally get all the reasons you love it.

Charity said...

This is really lovely - looks like the perfect fall sweater! :o)

Julie said...

That looks so gorgeous and comfortable!! I love the colour you chose, too. it'll go with everything, perfectly.

Maryvonne said...

Wow, this looks wonderful!
I immediately wanted to buy the pattern, to make one for myself instead of making something for my children wich I normally do.
But it seems that they don't ship outside the USA.
Do you know an other place where I can buy this pattern?
Youre blog is really inspiring!
Love from the Netherlands, Maryvonne

knitnonthefloor said...

It looks GREAT!! Just added it to my list!!

Kasia said...

Oh, I'm in love with this sweater! It looks perfect for chilly autumn days!

periwinkle said...

gorgeous - looks very cosy

Regina said...

I think it is one of my favorites too. :) Love this berocco pattern.

heather smith jones said...

You seriously amaze me Leslie, really just a couple hours? And yes I know what you mean, that looks like a fun one to wear, and wear often.

Wendi said...

I've been waiting to see this one finished! It looked like a great project to me, but I wanted to see it on a real person before buying the yarn. Of course, that may not do me any good. Seeing it on you is pretty much the same as seeing it on a model.

amandajean said...

it's just lovely.

you amaze me, woman.

Sandra said...

What a gorgeous sweater! It's definitely going on my must-knit list (which, incidentally, has gotten quite long since I discovered your blog a couple of months ago b/c I just adore your tastes!)...great job.

Sandee said...

too cute. How do you whip these out so fast! sigh...maybe one day I will. I am STILL working on the back of the slouchy cartigan and let's see, it is two months now?!!

MadMad said...

It's gorgeous, and my LYS owes you a sale! Someone came in today after reading your blog to buy the pattern!

From All Stitched Up said...

Everytime you finish a sweater it's my favorite too. I sent this one around to my new knitting group so far there are three of us voting for this. We'll see. Someday I'm going to knuckle down and make a sweater. It's hard to pay retail now for yarn.

From All Stitched Up said...

Everytime you finish a sweater it's my favorite too. I sent this one around to my new knitting group so far there are three of us voting for this. We'll see. Someday I'm going to knuckle down and make a sweater. It's hard to pay retail now for yarn.

caknitter said...

It's beautiful!

kathleen said...

I'm not sure I would have given the pattern a second look, but yours - oh my - just stunning! It looks cozy and elegant at the same time. Lovely, lovely.

Frances said...

Leslie, what a wonderful slouchy, chic sweater. The yarn is just perfect for that style.

Of course, you are going to be wearing it over and over this autumn.

Best wishes.

Anonymous said...

Love it!! And it looks wonderful on you! Cyndi

Sue said...

What a gorgeous sweater! No wonder you love it but you always knit such fantastic things!

nicole said...

Of all the beautiful things you've knit, this is my favourite too. I love everything about it. And it is so YOU.

I think it would be "me" too. On the queue it goes...

Tricia U. said...

I must say, I might have breezed by this pattern not giving it consideration and then I saw your finished project! Wow! It looks so cozy and comfy. Nice job! I love it. You sure whip these up quickly...how do you do that?!?! :)

Suzanne said...

You are ready to bring on Fall!

Barbara Backes said...

Love the way your sweater turned out! I just came across your blog today, I couldn't stop reading your posts- Thank you!:)

~RaenWa~ said...

The sweater is great I love the pattern on it very nice not overbearing & on size 11 needles even better. It looks great on you.

shannon said...

Ok, that is a great sweater. Looks even better on you than on the model.

Kristen said...

It looks fabulous on you! You know just what to knit that will look great on you.

jujudo said...

Love love love this sweater. It's gorgous!

house on hill road said...

it's beautiful, leslie.
so beautiful.
nice work!

Renee said...

Like a big hug! Lovely!!

opportunityknits said...

Lovely sweater. Perfect size, nice colour, cables and the pockets!! Gotta love the pockets :)

molly said...

Now you're talkin'...

morewithles said...

Another stunner! :)

rachel said...

Just lovely! You can't go wrong with a big, cozy sweater when the weather is starting to turn.

Christina said...

Really pretty! I like the simple detailing on the front panels. I'm like you in that I consider everything I finish knitting to be my favorite.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

This is fabulous and looks absolutely exquisite on you.

jennie said...

wow this is beautiful! :) I love it!

Knitterella said...

Looks FANTASTIC! Love your photos much better then the originals too. Great sweater! If my needles were 'free' I'd CO right now!

Nancy said...

Wow!!! I love this sweater. It does look like a favorite. One that could be worn all the time. I see a very cozy winter for you this year. :-)

Maryse said...

Beautiful! It's good to hear you get so much satisfaction from what you knit! You must be making good choices!

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

Is it wrong t find myself trying to peek down and see what the boots are you're wearing with this one too?!

Love it! Definitely on my queue list. I may just have to copy your queue list to my queue list at this rate. I never realized I was this unoriginal.

3 M's and 1 N said...

gorgeous! I love it- makes me want to make one!!
And I may have to agree with you, I think it's my new favorite sweater you've made :)

Karen said...

Nicely done. It looks fabulous!

Kirsten said...

This is gorgeous! I'm kind of in love with it, now. This is definitely going on my short "to-knit" queue.

Jean said...

That is just so lovely. I understand why you might think it your favorite. Thanks for sharing.

Chrissy said...

Great sweater! Awesome!

Jennifer said...

It's absolutely gorgeous. I can see why it's your favorite. Enjoy!

La Cabeza Grande said...

Gorgeousity abounds. Texture, fit and color are just right. Another winner for sure.

Mo said...

OH MY HEAVENS! That is thee most stunning piece of knitting I have ever seen! Can I pay you to make me one? Pretty Please? ;)

michelle said...

ummmmm.......hasn't it occurred to anyone that ANYTHING....I mean anything, like a paper bag, would look lovely on Leslie?!? :)

Your sweater is great!

sherri said...

I am also making this one. Love it. Do you wear it belted or did you add buttons? you said you liked it closed and i was just wondering. hope you had a fun trip. I missed you!!!

Hilary said...

Oh my goodness, I love it! The pockets, the wickerwork pattern, the cool styling...well done!!!

Jennifer said...

Love this! Looks so comfy and fantastic with jeans.

Anonymous said...

I will be going on a trip that requires a passport too,and since this will be a cruise to a hot place, naturally I am going to cast on wool and start this sweater. Thanks for the inspiration!
Chloe

Erin Wallace said...

This is beautiful! The pattern is amazing and the color is fantastic. Wonderful!

Tatiana said...

It's a nice sweater.

... valentines69 said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!

Elizabeth Soule said...

I love that you pick these patterns that I'm not in love with, but then the sweater that you complete makes the pattern look amazing! You keep making my Ravelry wish list longer.

tentenknits said...

you're new favorite!? um, mine too!! :-) have fun on your trip!

Anonymous said...

I think this is my new favorite also! It is beautiful and inspires me to lose weight so I will look good in it!

Nora said...

Stunning!

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Zan said...

I have just begun to knit this sweater in the very same charcoal grey Berroco yarn you used. I decided to make the sleeves full length and thought I'd eliminate the pockets. Seeing your beautiful work I have changed my mind. The pockets may not only be delightful to cold hands but might be critical to effect the proper drape. This project is a tad beyond my experience and skill and for the moment I am paralyzed until I can get next week. Seeing photos of your finished sweater I wish you had included tips and photos about the wickerwork pattern for confused folks like me. Thanks and congratulations.

maria grazia Melchionda said...

hello!
this is Maria from Italy. I'going slightly mad... I cannot find anywhere the pattern for astor cardigan. I wrote Berroco, but they tell me they cannot help me. Please, can you just help me?
thank you very much! and my compliments for your work.
maria

Nita said...

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I also love the fact that people all over the world can connect over a perfect sweaters :-)

I represent South Africa. :-)