Sunday, September 27, 2015

fo: Amethyst(!!) Henri, at last!

fo: HENRI!
Snotty expression is deserved, I think.
Dearest Henri, you're done at last!  And I couldn't be more pleased with you!  You're gorgeous, your so cuddly, and I want to just snuggled up with you forever!

And you're the perfect shade of purply tweed and texture.  SO MUCH TEXTURE.


ETA: People are being clever in the comments, and holy cow I didn't even see it Henri totally looks like an amethyst geode YOU PEOPLE ARE SMART.  Now I can't unsee it so this sweater is now dubbed the Amethyst Henri!  I DIDN'T EVEN GO THERE MENTALLY I HAVE THE BEST READERS.  :)

fo: HENRI!
NOOO YOU CAN'T HAVE IT IT'S MINE!!
Guys, this is seriously the best thing I've ever knit/made/sewn, and I don't ever want to take it off!  I finished this sucker off on the 22nd, and have worn it nearly every day since (I gave it a break on Friday, but promptly put it back on yesterday during my recovery from Beerfest Friday night *ahem*.

Pattern: Henri, by Ann Leachman for Holla Knits
Yarn: Knit Picks City Tweed in Brouche
Needles: 3.75 mm for main body and 3.5 mm for hems
Mods: a bunch

I'm not going to go into all my of tech and modification details here (although I babble about some of it below).  I just rewrote it all up on my Ravelry project page, so if you're interested in things like that, please go check out that link.  In fact, I'm going to keep this post pretty light on words because I've been trying to write it for a few days now, and nothing seems good enough for this sweater.

I have babbled about this before, both at the halfway point and when the body pieces were finished.  That'll have to do.  And the pile of pictures below, of course.  ;)

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I reduced the back width a bit, and I think it was a good decision.

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The sleeves sound up HUGE.  I'm okay with them though.

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Less okay with my sleeve hems.  I might reknit those later.

fo: HENRI!
Despite my mods, the neckline still wound up wide.  Not surprising considering I made a 48" wide sweater for a high bust of only 38" - that's 10" of ease on the upper chest and shoulders!  That's why I did all those mods - if I hadn't, this thing would probably be fall off of my shoulders right now.  I did add a line of crocheted slip stitches (for non-yarny people, that creates a firm, non-stretchy edge) around the inside of the back neckline, which has helped stabilize it a bit.  I might yet add one to the front, depending on how it behaves.

fo: Henri
One of my mods included adding width on the shoulder and reduce width at the centre front.  It's one I've done before in sewing.


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I was terrified of sewing up the side seams, but it went surprisingly well.  Michelle's tech knitting post helped a lot!

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Look at all of that texture!

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Don't get the comments above wrong, I adore how this sweater turned out!  But we're all our worst critics, and I like to see what I would've done differently to learn how to handle things going forward.  :)  Live(knit) and Learn!
Oh, and this is what we woke up to yesterday morning.  Finished my cozy sweater just in time, I think!

SNOW IN SEPTEMBER ACK!
Alright now, bring it!  I've got my skis and a cozy warm sweater.  I'M READY FOR YA!!

13 comments:

  1. Oooh it's very scrummy and that colour! Quite quartzy really? And all that texture like a piece of rock? ;-)

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    1. HAHA Awesome. It's shall now be called HENRI AMETHYST!

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  2. Oh, boy, that is a gorgeous sweater and you are adorable! I love the wide neck, although I know it isn't thermally optimal. And the amethyst geode color/texture is supremely awesome!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I know what you mean about the wide neckline - I love the look of it, but my neck gets cold! Obviously that just means I need to knit a new cowl.

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  3. It's gorgeous! Love the colour and he different textures

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    1. Thanks! I adore all of the textures. :D

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  4. It's gorgeous, and a real credit to you - it's not easy keeping track of modifications when knitting, and then translating them front, back and sleeves, and working out how to then change the neck - and GET IT COMING OUT LOOKING GOOD :). Well done.

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    1. I had a lot of notes...everywhere. My Rav page was a disaster before I cleaned it up, and you should see my paper instructions. I almost had a panic attack when I finally got to the cables on the back and couldn't find my charted paper for it!

      Thanks so much!!

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  5. Oh my gosh, this came out so good! I'm definitely tempted to add this to my queue now :) It really looks amazing on you-so cozy, and the color is magnificent (and just like an amethyst!). Well done, you!!

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    1. DOO EET!! Go look at all of the other ones and tell me that you don't want one for yourself!

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  6. Aaaaaah! At first I wanted to say that your sweater was perfectly timed for autumn, but then I saw your last picture and saw Yukon went straight to snow. Awesome! Must be a dream for a knitter to live!

    Henri looks so good! The neckline looks perfect, and the whole garment really suits you! Love the tweed and the cables. I didn't know about the crochet-slip-stitch-in-neckline trick yet, I might try it some time.

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    1. AHA it's been fall for at least a month now! :D The snow is actually gone now, and we should have a couple more weeks of fall still. It's been an unusually long fall this year!

      Thanks so much. :) The slip stitched neckline technique seems like a good one - this is the first time I've used it.

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  7. I haven't said it here yet, but I'm so impressed with your Henri. Besides the fact that it's a complex kind of knit, your mods were pretty daring. It turned out perfect in every way. I wouldn't have the nerve to try so much, I don't think. I'm going to keep your slip stitches in mind next time I knit a potentially floppy neck.

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