Can I help you with some 4ply/fingering weight sweater inspiration today?
Here are two of my favourites - both made over the winter-ish of 2016 going into 2017, and both from brilliant designers.
The first one is my Boxy. I made this quite specifically as a work jumper - I used Tempo 4ply which is our superwash wool/nylon blen because I know it can take a LOT of abuse; and I made the sleeves the perfect length for where my rubber gloves go up to - I use heavy duty biohazard type gloves for work.. not because of the dyes (which are non-toxic anyway) as many people think but because Marigolds just don't hold up to constantly wringing out skeins of yarn - the twisting action breaks the rubber between the thumb and forefinger. Anyway.. so these big red heavy duty gloves come right up to my elbow, and I wanted my work jumper's sleeves to meet them.
Additionally, being.. well.. boxy.. is perfect for working in - there's loads of room for movement and I don't have to constantly pull it down or adjust it in any way.
I love the detail over the shoulders. The garter ridges help identify which is the back of the jumper in a jiffy, too.
And yep, it's a lot of stocking stitch. But honestly, it's good TV or travel knitting, so it can go quickly without you really noticing.
Secondly, similarly way behind everyone else, I finally made a Breathing Space!!
I must admit though, I'm a bit heartbroken because I love it but I don't think it suits me. I've made it way too long. And these photos were taken in around Feb 2016 - I've lost approximately two stones since then, so I recently got all excited and tried it on but I'm gutted because I still don't think it suits me! I'll show you an updated pic at some point.
That ^^ looks ok, doesn't it? It's the lower part of it, somehow. I've tried it with skinny jeans on thinking that'd be perfect, and I still don't like it. It's really galling when that happens. I LOVE Milburn 4ply in Steel and Bramble together - you just can't beat pink and grey, can you?! So that rubs salt into the wound, really.
At least I can display it at shows.. maybe I need to knit another one, shorter. I suppose actually I could unpick the cast off edge and rip it out to make it shorter; what do you think? What would you do?
I always hate pictures of myself from the back more than the front! I have to say though that despite my disappointment about how I look in this sweater (which is totally not the sweater's fault!!) I did really enjoy making it, and the fabric of the Milburn 4ply knitted up, washed and blocked is so gorgeous - it's soft and light, yet warm.
So.. what do you think? Should I shorten it? Leave it? Wear it anyway? I'm going to go try it on *again* actually as soon as I hit publish on this but I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.