I wanted so badly to love this sweater. The lace, the pocket, the ease of it all. And really, it's not the fault of the pattern at all. It's a solid, nice, easy pattern.
No - it's my fault. My choice of yarn. My decision not to swatch before I started knitting. I'm a lazy knitter, generally able to overlook small flaws or inconsistent issues that someone else might deem rip-back-worthy. But when I knit for myself, I don't need the end result to be perfect. When I make something for someone else, however, I'm more of a perfectionist.
This pattern is Starbrook Pullover, knit in Knit Picks swish worsted. The yarn is great, soft and a gorgeous color called Marine Heather - full of blues and greens and teals. But for this pattern, not the best choice.
I did change the pattern a bit. I made it much longer because I like long sweaters. And I didn't like the puffy sleeves so instead of massive increases I only increased two stitches every 10 rows. It looks much better I think.
I thought the sweater was knitting up fine, but once I blocked the pieces I realized that the body was about three sizes larger than I expected it to be. I waited days for it to dry, hoping against all evidence that it would shrink down to a manageable size. And it did, a bit. The actual body is fine. But the neckline is obnoxiously large, falling off my shoulders in a way that is less sexy and more sloppy. These pictures are carefully staged to keep the sweater up. If I move the whole thing falls down.
I think I can fix it. I'll have to take out the neckline and reduce the stitches around the neck by quite a bit, but I think I can make it wearable.
I haven't attached the pocket yet. I still haven't decided whether I want it or not. Once I saw the general shape of the blocked sweater, I couldn't decide if the pocket would be weird. I think I'll attach it once the neckline is fixed and see if I like it.
For now I stuffed a shawl pin in it to keep it on my shoulders. You do what you have to, right?