I can hardly believe I actually finished this! It's very bulky and heavy, but oh so comfy! It's a bit too big on me, the shoulders droop down quite a bit, but I still love it. Shane thought it needed some color, so I added this button to the top. This is one of the super-cute and super-cheap (about 15 cents a piece) buttons I bought in Korea. Oh how I wish I could go get more.
I can wear the sweater two ways. This way, without the belt, I like best. I hate my smile. Many times, I think I'm smiling, but in the picture, I'm really not. ugh!
And here it is with the belt...
Here are the details if anyone is interested...
Pattern: Sandstorm from Rowan's Plaid Collection (book)
Yarn: 12 balls of Rowan Plaid in Driftwood (166)
Size: S/M (which is probably why it's too big on me, I'm a small, period. It would fit better if I had some boobies! hahahaha...)
Needles: US10.5 and US11 Addi Turbo Circulars
Oh, a note about something I actually learned. I've always hated seams. I used to think they were a waste of time and yarn. But I've grown to appreciate them, realizing two things:
1. They add strength to the shoulder. Especially on a heavy sweater, there is a lot of weight pulling on the shoulder. With seams, it helps the shoulder section not stretch out.
2. They allow you to work in manageable pieces. I decided to knit the two front pieces and back all together with this sweater, eliminating the side seams. That was a mistake! It didn't take too long before I had a whole lot of knitted sweater to deal with. It was heavy and cumbersome and from now on, I will embrace my seams!