Pattern: Crew by Amy Miller
Yarn: MadelineTosh tosh merino light in Medieval, Antler, and Charcoal
After spending a weekend seaming and blocking, I finished my crew sweater early last week. And I’ve worn it three times since then (including right now). Because I love this thing! It fits really well, which I was a little nervous about because I chose to use a fingering weight yarn rather than the recommended sport weight. To compensate for the smaller yarn, I knit the sweater up a size. It’s meant to be worn with positive ease, so I figured it would give me a little wiggle room in the sizing without too much fuss or worry. And it worked out just fine. Better than fine. The fit is perfect and I didn’t have to modify a thing. I love it when a pattern works out.
I have loved Amy Miller’s designs for awhile now (more than a few of them are on my Ravelry queue), and this design is beautiful. The sweater is knit in pieces and seamed together, so it can feel like a lot of stockinette while you work it. The stripes and raglan shaping help to keep things interesting, but I didn’t truly love this project until I started to see it come together with seaming. I made no modifications to the pattern. It was straight forward and easy to follow, and the dimensions worked out great for me. There is no waist shaping in sweater, but the way Amy has designed the front to narrow at from the armhole to the ribbing provides a flattering line on the front.
This sweater can be worked in so many great color combinations. And the buttons are just plain, straight-up, great details. I can’t recommend this project more highly. And the Madtosh is holding up to the wear (it is so comfortable and soft – perfect for close to the skin sweaters). I wish I could afford to make more sweaters from this yarn, but it’ll end up being a once in a while splurge for special pieces. If you have it in your budget, though, I recommend filling your shelves with loads and tons of fluffy soft merino wool sweaters.