When I fist saw Elizabeth Zimmermann’s green sweater in  Twist Collective, I knew I had to make it. Took a bit of celestial alignment – I picked up the pattern in Wisconsin and knew I needed something warm for Iceland* – but here it is.

green sweater

It really is hard for me to knit anything as written. But I didn’t make many changes on this one; decided on ribbing as a hem treatment instead of a facing and narrowed the sleeves slightly by removing an inch for the armhole depth. I alternated decreases every 2nd round then every 3rd round for a longer sleeve, since the length of the sleeve is dictated by the number of stitches picked around the armhole and I had picked up fewer.

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The pic above is a little fuzzy, but shows something I always, always do when working armhole steeks – work a three needle bind off before finishing my steeks with crochet and cutting them open. The resulting steek flows over the shoulder.

green sweater3

For giggles, I tried something new this time and picked up stitches for the sleeves through a column of stitches. It worked – the little facing created by the steek selvedge is forced to the wrong side and lies flat without any steaming or blocking whatsoever. I love it when things work as anticipated.

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I also experimented with picking up both the right side and wrong side of the faced neckband using two circulars – most of my finishing is done at night and visibility with such a dark colour can be an issue. Instead of sewing down the live stitches, doing it this way allowed me to close the neckband using kitchener stitch.

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Only buttons and loops are left to sew on! Which is excellent because I am leaving for Iceland tomorrow morning! I will be posting often, because I promised my family I would – my favourite cousin might even make an appearance in the comments!

*yes, I have other sweaters. I just needed a NEW one!