bubble pullover (or omfgilovethisfreakinsweater)
hooray! it's done!
i'll let the pictures do the talking first:
pattern: bubble pullover by norah gaughan from knitting nature
yarn: rowan yorkshire tweed aran (discontinued), less than 6 balls. color is named "muffin"
needles: 4.0mm (us6) for all the ribbing, 4.5mm (us7) for the pentagons and the stockinette portion of the sleeves
modifications: i knit the smallest size on smaller needles and totally different yarn. this resulted in a lot less ease than the original 10 inches called for in the pattern, but still plenty for my now 36" bust. i shortened the sleeves by 1 inch and eliminated the button band in the bottom ribbing.
my biggest mod was to the collar. i stalled for several days, knitting a few rows, trying it on, knitting a few more rows, etc. i started to really like the way the collar was standing up after a few inches. i ended up decreasing by 4 stitches, adding a bunch of short rows to the back of the neck and binding off once i was happy.
i think it's funny that the collar was one of those design elements that drew me to this pattern in the first place. i really do love big flopped over collars that button up the side. i think i just prefer them in a finer gauge and a yarn with more drape.
edited to add: i've been getting a lot of questions through email and ravelry as to the finished size. each pentagon ended up being approx 10 inches across and the finished bust size was approx 40" . i'm pretty sure the smallest size in the book called for 46", so i lost 6 inches of positive ease with my mods. this resulted in 4 inches of positive ease for my bust size, which i think was just right for me.
i absolutely love this sweater. i've been wearing all day and it's so warm, i just adore it. norah gaughan is a genius. pentagons rule.