And this is done!
Whew! I am glad to say goodbye to this one!
Pattern: Jidai (Berroco pattern booklet # 308 Vintage DK and Vintage)
Errata: see Pattern Corrections on Berroco Jidai page
Yarn: Berroco Vintage DK in # 2107-Cracked Pepper and # 2185-Tidepool
Needles: Size 3 circular (24 in) and size 1 double-pointed (NOTE: pattern calls for size 5 circulars but since I am a crazy-loose knitter, I had to go DOWN two needle sizes to get the correct gauge. ie- CHECK YOUR GAUGE!) :)
Sleeves: used size 1 double-pointeds. I made MC ribbing 4" (instead of 2"). I made sleeve shorter (than the 18" it called for) because I personally like 3/4 sleeves.
Neckband: I did not bind off (from end of Yoke instructions section). I kept my stitches on and just picked up the 34 center front collar sts I'd bound off earlier. I made my ribbing band 1 1/4" instead of just 1/2". (I like things exaggerated!)
Bottom: Like a lot of other ravelers, I also was not crazy about how much the bottom rolled up (and found it unflattering to my waist!) so I picked up stitches and added a ribbing at the bottom. My ribbing ended up being aprox. 1 1/4".
Oh, Jidai... I have really had a roller-coaster emotional affair with this pattern.
I was so in love with the sample I saw while on last year's yarn crawl (at Yarn Garden in Whittier).
Aside from wanting to support small business, and all that, I loved the sample and you know I love my stripes!
This pattern isn't hard. The body works easily and if you can knit in the round, decrease & increase, then you can make this!
Now, I consider myself to be a fairly decent knitter... I do a pretty good job of figuring patterns out.
Thank God for the ole' Ravelry 'cause I was able to read lots of helpful notes and to see that it wasn't just me!
I got tripped up at the Yoke part and wrote out my notes (as I always do!) and was still off and confused!
Now, you know I tend to confuse easily so that's not too hard to believe. But I really don't think it was me this time!
If you can, check out Raveler swhill80's sweater. I love the way her's came out!