I’ve been in a sweater knitting mood lately and when I went on a quest to find the perfect quick knit sweater for fall, I was not disappointed when I came across Jane Richmond’s Oatmeal Pullover on Ravelry.
Scrambling through my stash, I found the perfect yarn for the pattern and conveniently already had knitted up a gauge swatch that little did I know already matched the gauge of the pattern perfectly!
The yarn I chose was Paton’s Classic Wool Bulky in the colorway Aster Purple. I love the color- it’s such a nice, rich color for fall. Purple is not normally a color that I wear but when I do, it’s usually this shade.
Let me tell you a little bit about the yarn itself. It is 78 yds. to a skein and is 100% new wool. The pattern calls for a similar weight yarn – Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky – but Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky is primarily acrylic with a little bit of wool. I used 6 3/4 skeins for my size, or just under 546 yds.
Now on to the fit of the sweater. Jane points out that the garment is meant to have negative ease which means it will be close fitting. Now of course, if you prefer to have it looser, you can knit a bigger size, but in my case, I knit for the 36″ size. Overall, I am very pleased. I may block it just a tad to give me a little bit more fluidity within the arms and torso areas, but I won’t block it so much so that it changes the overall size.
And that is why I’m glad I used 100% wool – for the blocking aspect of it.
Continuing on my quest for a kick ass fall sweater wardrobe, I just started another Oatmeal Pullover. This time I am using the yarn that Jane recommends in the pattern and I’m using the exact same color, Wheat.
While I still want summer to hang around for a little while longer, I’m so ready to break out my fall wardrobe and drink apple cider at the pumpkin patch!
Is anyone else on a sweater knitting kick or just ready for fall?