Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Aquamarina Remix Pullover

It is quite possible I have been housing a batch of yarn that carried a curse.  Or, maybe I just made a series of bad choices.  I guess you can be the judge of that.

In 2012, I bought a sweater's worth of Berroco Remix and started Terra Linda.  My gauge seemed to be a pretty decent match in my swatch, but when I knit the sweater the yoke was WAY too deep.  I stubbornly knit the entire body of the sweater.  I blocked it before starting the arms and decided then that it wasn't going to work out.  So, I ripped it out and re-knit most of the body with a smaller needle.  Same problem.  The yoke still looked comically large.  Perhaps the row gauge was the issue?  I can't remember if I checked that.  In the end, I ripped it out and let the yarn sit for a while.

In 2013, I saw the Madigan pattern and decided this was my chance for a mulligan with this yarn. Poor choice, Trinity!  I knit the huge cowl neck and just past the divide for the arms.  I tried it on and decided it would be too heavy and drape too much.  Rip, rip, rip again. I should have seen that one coming.

Towards the end of 2013, I gave it another go with the carefully chosen Aquamarina. I did some serious swatching and decided this was the one that was going to work out. All was going swimmingly until my test results came back and the doctor told me to refrain from wearing, eating, or touching anything that might have red dye in it. She shared that with me while I was wearing a red shirt and working on this sweater in her office.  Gulp.  So, I took a hiatus from the sweater for about 4-5 months.

I recently came back to it, determined to finish it.  I did not want to be defeated!  And, now it's done (sort of)!

I didn't end up liking the way the turtleneck would look/feel/sit so I altered the pattern a bit and broke the collar up by knitting a twisted rib, flat collar. I had actually planned to add a crochet edge with buttonholes and buttons so that it could be a turtleneck if/when the wearer wanted that.  I imagined it would look something like the Grey Havens collar.  But, then I got done with the knitting and just did NOT want to work with this yarn any more.

I am pretty happy with the sweater in terms of the fit and the look.  I still think this yarn might be cursed.  After all of the hours invested in working with this yarn, I still don't think I will be wearing the sweater. The fiber blend is part synthetic, which means the sweater has 2 strikes against it in terms of wear-ability for me right now: the reddish color and the synthetic fiber.  I will let it linger a bit longer, but think this is likely to be gifted to a loved one in the future.

I guess you could say I got my money's worth out of this yarn since I knit it over and over and over again!

Ravelry link here


  1. maybe you should knit a wash cloth :)

  2. That is some serious knitting dedication! I am sure someone else would enjoy it. It is beautiful.

  3. Yes, you very dedicated. I would have gifted the yarn to someone. The sweater is beautiful.


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