Finally, I can present some finished pictures of Antrorse. I still haven’t received my buttons in the mail, but I was tired of not being able to wear it, so I found some buttons at my LYS that I think I like even more than the wooden ones I ordered.
They’re very matchy matchy, but they’re slightly smaller than the pattern calls for. For now, I’m happy with it because I think this sweater doesn’t work well for me when unbuttoned. I had my doubts about the whole thing till I put buttons on it, but now I really like it. I still might add an additional 1/2 inch to inch of sleeve length. I really like sleeves to go over my hand a bit. I made the 34″ size in Cascade Eco+, in the color Satine. I used about 804 yards for this size. I didn’t really add any length as the sweater was already a length I liked. I made a few shaping modifications. You can read about them on my Ravelry project page.
I made one other mod that I feel like is essential for me. The super stretchy garter stitch at the top was slipping down my shoulders in a way that I didn’t really like. I wanted to give it a firmer stopping point. I remembered a Yarn Harlot post that mentioned crochet chains that act as firmly as a bind off would. I decided to try that: That’s a picture of the inside of the collar. I think the bottom crochet chain row, applied right over the bottom edge of the garter stitch is the only one I really need. I put the second one in as additional support, but it might not be entirely necessary. I think it does help a bit at the top of the shoulders though.