My Monthly Make-The Goldenrod Sweater
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My Goldenrod Sweater is finally finished! If you’ve been following along with me over on Instagram then you know that I originally started this sweater back in September. I had really hoped to get it finished in one month, but market prep and new designs kinda got in the way. Next thing I knew it was October, then November and here it is December and I’m just finishing it up! This was definitely the never ending monthly make.
The Goldenrod Sweater was designed by the super talented Linda Skuja from Elevenhandmade. I first saw this sweater while scrolling through the explore page on Instagram and when I saw it, it totally took my breath away. It was one of those moments where I just knew I had to find a way to make it. I ended up buying the pattern back in March, but didn’t get to start work on it until September.
Even though it took me four months to complete, it does work up pretty quick and could easily be finished in just a few sittings. I used 5 skeins of Loops & Threads Woolike in black. It took me a few tries to get the gauge right too. When I used a 4.25mm hook and one strand of yarn it was way too airy looking and the gauge was a bit small. I moved up to a 5.00mm hook and even though I was able to meet gauge, I didn’t like the way the stitches looked. I knew I would be wearing this sweater in the fall and winter months so I wanted it to be thick enough to keep me warm. I decided to go ahead and try holding two strands together at once and it looked much better. The Woolike yarn is a category 1, but it seems much thinner compared to wool yarn of the same weight so if you decide to use it definitely consider using the two strand method.
Once I had that figured out it was smooth sailing. The sweater is worked from the top down so it was fun being able to try it on as I went.
I added two rows to the length of my sweater and subtracted two rows for the sleeves and it fits great! The only thing that I’m not super happy with is the neckline. I knew it was gonna be a bit wider than I normally like so even though I did tight stitches for the first few rounds it still shows off a bit more of my back than I would like. I may try adding to the neckline a bit to suit my style, but with my hair down you don’t notice it as much.
I learned so much from this make, including that maybe this series isn’t the best of my ideas and will need to look different in the new year. It’s always hard to let something go, especially when it is something you really love. I’ve enjoyed getting to make things from other designers and spend some time making just for me, but there are so many other things I want to do in 2019 that something had to give. I couldn’t think of a better design to end this series with though.
If you want to make a Goldenrod Sweater for yourself you can find the pattern on Etsy. Also make sure to give Linda a follow over on Instagram! She has some of the most amazing garment designs and there are so many on my list to make.
As far as my monthly make series goes, this will be the last one. Instead I’ve opted to do a Seasonal Make because four is a way more manageable number than twelve. And if I find some extra time to make more I will, but having less on my plate this year is feeling like the right thing to do.
I hope you all have enjoyed this series and I can’t wait to share more with you in the new year!