Pattern: Opulent Raglan, by Wendy Bernard (Fall 2008 Knitscene)
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Rose Spice
Needles: US 5 circs and dpns
I am so seriously tickled by this sweater, which of course I managed to finish just as the weather is warming up too much to need it. It took almost exactly three and a half months, but that was only because I worked on a million and one other projects at the same time. The cables were just enough to break up the stockinette without being so complicated that it needed serious concentration.
I knit it in the smallest size so that there would be a few inches of negative ease, but worked the sleeves in the next size up because they were a little too snug under the arms otherwise. The pattern called for a series of decreases to taper the arms towards the elbow, and I left those out in favor of straight sleeves. I also opted out of the bells that were meant to be on the cuffs, instead using the twisted braid that runs alongside the large front cable.
My only real issue with the sweater is the bottom edge. I think that it needs to be straight and clean to avoid distracting from the cable, but I don’t love the bulk that turning the hem under adds.