I’d like to say I started wearing the sweater the moment I got the zipper sewn in but the truth is I started wearing it a few days before that as it was just the perfect layer to bring along, zipper or no. I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s cozy and I know I’m going to love this sweater even more as the dark weather closes in around us here in Seattle. It’s a good layer to bring along because it acts like a jacket but bunches up like a scarf. I have to admit I went from treating it gingerly to tossing it into the back seat of my car with surprising speed. This is a good sign.
I opted for a black zipper, I really wanted a two way separating zipper and they don’t come in all many colors in the shops, so black blended in the best. I needed a 24 inch zipper but it seems they don’t come in sizes less than 26 inches, so I had to clip off the top. I wrapped the edges of the zipper in a soft black cotton twill tape, and I stitched the zipper in by hand using a nice feeling silk thread. It’s not very tidy looking from the inside, but it’s holding up so far. The zipper doesn’t feel scratchy or irritate the skin on my neck at all, yay.
The cut off top ends of the zipper were predictably scratchy so I wrapped them in some leftover twill tape which created a zipper stop at the same time.
- The arms are too long, my own fault.
- The body is too long to be cute while I’m standing but it’s a good length to cover the lower back while sitting (in restaurants and such).
- The neck does choke a bit when zipped all the way up, like every fleece I’ve ever owned. I wonder if I can make the next neckline a bit wider. I think I might like the neck a bit higher.
- I think I could safely go down a size, this one has plenty of room. (Overall, unfortunately, it looks like I’m wearing a sweater two sizes too large for me.)
- The tubular cast on appears to look a little stretched. I’m going to look into alternative ways of doing this to see if I can find one which is more stretchy.
- It’s not as heavy as I expected it to be.
- I’m wondering how it will react to being washed. I’m planning on throwing it into the washer in a large mesh bag, and drying it flat on my drying rack.
- Zipper source: Zipperstop.com has lots of colors of plastic two way separating YKK zippers, and you can order them in custom sizes. A few people from the Ribby Cardi Knitalong weren’t completely happy with the zippers they recieved (though, in a few cases it seems like they were expecting a smaller nylon zipper instead of the molded plastic). I’ll probably order an orange zipper to go in my light gray sweater, and if I make a brown sweater I might get a light green or blue zipper.
- Zipper source: Amy left a comment on a previous sweater post pointing us towards Zippersource.com, which carries fewer colors of molded plastic zipper, but if you order a metal one you can get a neat-o ring pull zipper slider. (Unfortunatley not available for two-way styles, whaa!)
- I bought my soft twill and black zipper at Nancy’s Sewing Basket, and I also checked Seattle Fabrics for zippers, they had pretty much the same stock as Nancy’s (though they had two shades of pink 36″ separating zippers).
(Left over ball of dark gray Cotton Ease, new light gray Cotton Ease, and some lovely soft Berroco Comfort in brown.)
Despite considering never making a sweater again because damn it’s a lot of work, I already have the light gray Cotton Ease yarn for version #2 where I’ll be knitting the body in one large piece and both sleeves in the round. I’ll do a size smaller, and the sleeves and body shorter. Before I start that, though, I’ve got a little experimenting to do.
I also made an impulse purchase of some chocolate brown Berroco Comfort yarn, which is awesomely soft and doesn’t seem squeaky at all, thanks go to Maggi for finding it at Bad Woman Yarn here in Seattle. I’m hoping the Comfort will make a nice, warm, soft, lightweight sweater that fits perfectly and doesn’t pill, I’ll let you know.
all the sweater entries:
- being schooled and practicing techniques
- two miracles and a beginning
- getting to the end of my first ball of yarn
- three worries and some research
- forward and back
- a stupid noob mistake and a grandiose demand
- i could fix this
- quick triumph and some links for myself
- it looks like something
- you are here: The End