Lilacs, or: The one where I don’t complain about a Kim Hargreaves pattern

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I’ve complained so much about Kim Hargreaves’ patterns that it’s sort of become a hobby. Nevertheless, I can’t say too many bad things about this one! Sure, the pattern could be written and arranged more clearly, but I’ve learnt to decipher 18th century cadastres: I can deal with Kim Hargreaves, as well. No, more importantly, there weren’t any major mistakes in the pattern that required hours of frogging and reknitting to get it right. I knitted it basically straight from the page!

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My Dad told me I laugh just like my Grandma in this photo, so it’s now my favourite thing ever. ❤

Nevertheless, it was still a lengthy process to knit this pullover. I’ve started it during Christmas break and finished it at the beginning of May. The reason why it dragged on so much is that I kept running out of yarn and had to order more. Especially those sleeves eat up a good deal of meterage! If I ever re-knit this pattern, I’ll shorten the sleeves a bit, because they ended up too long anyway (as you can see in the pictures).

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This and the neckline are my only issues with the sweater. The neckline’s fit it sort of weird and I don’t know why. Either it’s my chest size or I sewed on the sleeves the wrong way, either way it doesn’t look quite like the picture in the book.

For these two reason I massively disliked the pullover when I first tried it on. It made me feel ginormous and unsightly. When I wore it to university, I got nothing but compliments on it, which is when I realized my jerk brain was trying to play tricks on me again. After wearing the sweater a couple of times I absolutely love and am ever so glad I didn’t listen to my first instinct to just chuck it into the corner and give up knitting forever. (Bad jerk brain. Bad, bad jerk brain! You should be ashamed of yourself.)

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I think my favourite aspect of this make is the colour of the yarn. I adore dusty, delicate lilacs like this, and it’s alpaca yarn to boot, which means it’s wonderfully warm and snuggly, oh … it’s simply perfection!

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Now let’s take a look at all the beautiful garments from the other ladies at MeMadeMittwoch!

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Pattern: Still by Kim Hargreaves (Thrown Together)

Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Lima (DK, 65% Wool/35% Alpaca), 4434 Purple

Photography: Meike

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