Here's the aran sweater making its belated debut, thanks to all your encouragement for me to keep going.
Pattern: Vogue Knitting Michael Kors aran sweater
Yarn: Jaeger trinity 3.5 balls
Needle size:4 mm
An enjoyable pattern to knit with 3 patterns (diamond, cable and berry) so it was not boring and yet not too difficult either. I like the small sleeves, but they seem longer than those on the model in the magazine. I must have much shorter upper arms than the average model. I once followed a short sleeve pattern and ended up with elbow length sleeves. To get really short sleeves, I should remember to knit them shorter than the instructions. The thing that bugs me about this sweater is the ribbed hem. It is all out of shape.
The only part of the pattern that was a bit fiddly was the neckline decreases at the front. The pattern does not provide details on how to decrease the berry stitches, which were a little tricky because it is a series of k1,p1,k1 into one stitch followed by a k3 tog. Plus, you get a different neckline, if you follow the instructions, than the neckline pictured in the magazine. In the photo, it looks like the berry stitches were cast off at one go, but the instructions tell you to cast off only 12 stitches in the middle. I was knitting from my working photocopy so I didn't refer to the photo at all and ended up with a different neckline. In retrospect, it would have been easier to just leave the berry stitches (instead of 12) on the holder and work out the neckline decreases from there.
Anyway I am glad to have finished this because my Sockaplaooza pal's sock yarn has arrived, much to my relief. I thought that I would have to wait for weeks and was getting concerned about meeting the deadline. I will show you the yarn next time. Meanwhile these miniswap packages are making their way across the oceans.