I've finished my Pippin Sweater, and I'm not taking it off. Not ever. Not even in the bath.
Well, maybe I won't go quite that far, but I do really, really love it.
This is the Pippin Sweater, designed by Gudrun Johnston, from The Rhinebeck Sweater book by Ysolda Teague and friends. I have used New Lanark Aran in the cherry colourway, which has been every bit as lovely to knit with as I was lead to believe it would be. The yarn has softened and bloomed ever so gently when I blocked it. I will definitely be using it again very soon!
I love the unusual shoulder/sleeve construction that Gudrun has used - short-rows and increases to round the shoulder, and then a top-down sleeve. It is much more flattering than a drop-shoulder (in my opinion) but with a similar seam line.
My one reservation when I cast on this sweater, was the oversized cowl neck. I wasn't sure if it would be one of those features that looks great in the book, but is actually awkward to wear. I needn't have worried at all though - I LOVE IT! It was slightly cardboardy until I blocked it, at which point it relaxed into the lovely, snuggly collar that you see here.
I do however have one top tip for the cowl neck. If at all possible, don't join in a new ball of yarn. The WS is visible just as much as the RS is, so you don't want woven in ends on show. If you do need to join in a new ball, then try to do it at the centre back neck, as this section shouldn't be visible.
All in all, it's been a brilliant knit from start to finish. I'm looking forward to getting a lot of wear out of it over the coming months. Now I'm pondering what my next larger project should be. Top of the list is currently Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmaier, for which I have some Knit by Numbers in mind...
As a small satisfying project in the meantime, I cast on the Lerryn Mittens from the Scrumptious Collection Volume 3. However my brain was clearly on holiday when I did so, as I used a skein of Scrumptious Aran from my stash, and it turns out that the pattern uses DK. Doh! Nevermind, I will find something else for the aran and maybe I'll cast on some socks instead.