|I found the pattern in Vogue Knitting Fall 2015 issue. This is the cover, so you know what you are looking for.|
|This is the sweater. I believe it called for 550 yards of yarn. I thought I could get away with a little less.|
Medium brown is a hideous color on me, so I knew I would be dyeing the yarn. I wish I had remembered to photograph the yarn before and after dyeing. Before I dyed it, it was really ugly, but it turned out to be a lovely dark purple tweed afterwards with the angora taking on the purple color and the alpaca looking black.
I started with the sleeves to double check my gauge. Unfortunately, even with using larger needles, I wasn't quite matching the gauge. I was going to need more yarn than the "little less" that I thought I could get away with. But fortunately, I have what my family refers to as T-Rex arms. Apparently, even though I am 5'7", my arms are a little on the short side. So are my mom's. So I shorten the length of long sleeves on my sweaters by an inch to an inch and a half.
It's a really good thing.
As you can see on the picture of the pattern above, that is all the yarn I had leftover. About two yards. I seem to cut a lot of my projects close. It's not a good thing. Someday this desire to spin "just enough" yarn is going to bite me in the behind.
Anyway, this is how the sweater turned out. I am really happy with it. I will probably make another one using the same pattern, but instead of making a six-ply yarn I will make two three- or four-ply yarns and knit double stranded.