It was one of those things where I was just cranking along on a sleeve, and I suddenly realized: I’m done. That’s it! I’ve got a new sweater!
For anyone contemplating making the Liberty Tree Pullover from MDK Field Guide No. 9: Revolution, all I can say is: this is one fine knit.
Pattern: Liberty Tree Pullover from MDK Field Guide No. 9: Revolution. I swapped out the Liberty Tree cable chart for the Elaine’s Capelet cable chart. This swap worked perfectly, given that Norah Gaughan was way ahead of us on all this cable chart business and made these charts so very interchangeable.
Yarn: Periwinkle Sheep Merino DK, in Olive, one of the nine shades that Karin Maag-Tanchak cooked up for the MDK Shop. I am proud to be the owner of a sweater that gives me perfect camouflage when walking in our recently mossified yard. A foot of rain in a month means the moss now has moss on it.
Sleeves: I went with long sleeves. I’m a big scootcher of sleeves, so it’s good to have sleeves to scootch.
Length: I went with 11″ body (bottom of sleeve hole down) before beginning the 3″ ribbing. Very pleased with making this shorter than the pattern specs, which called for 14″ before ribbing. It also meant that Banging Out went a good 3″ faster! #winning
Needles: I used Magic Loop to knit the sleeves. (See my recent post about why this changed my life and [read in breathless voice] how it can change yours too.)
The collar: I was originally going to do the rolled edging that is used on the Elaine’s Capelet pattern. But in real life, I found I wanted no more bulk or knitting any farther up my neckular area. So I used Amy Christoffers’s brilliant edging from her Shakerag Top: pick up and knit stitches along the collar. Next round: bind off all stitches. You can see action shots of this maneuver here.
This gave me a tidy finish, and let the sculptural cables create a wavy edge. Minimal and pleasing unto me.
Duration of Banging Out: February 1 start. Off the blocking board February 21 and onto me! Pro tip: it helps to have a six-hour delay at the Newark airport, in case you’re looking for ways to maximize your Bang Out time. I will forevermore associate the body of this sweater with the Newark airport, which is the nicest thing I’ve ever thought about the Newark airport.
Friends, knitters, this is a sweater I have already been wearing around all over town. Thank you, Norah, for a pattern that is a joy to make.