2.05.2006

Hourglass Sweater

Pattern: Hourglass Sweater from LMKG
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted Merino in Rosa Vivacity (a little over 6 hanks)
Needles: 4.5mm 32" and 47" Addi Turbos
Gauge: 5 spi
Date Started: 11.09.05
Date Restarted: 1.18.06
Date Finished: 2.03.06

I present to you the world's most comfortable sweater. It's sheer luxury putting this on. The Malabrigo is perfect when knit with 4.5mm's, it's squishy (that's a technical term), soft, and cozy. Knitting it at 5 spi alleviated any pilling worries, as did the sweater shaver I bought (from Target) as extra insurance.

I originally picked up this yarn at Stitches East to knit up a 'hot lava' shrug, but thankfully my gauge never worked up for it. If it had, then I would have never decided to return a cone of yarn I got at the same time from Webs and exchanged it for more Malabrigo. I can't imagine not living with this sweater (am I overdramatic or what!?). My favorite part, aside from the softness, the halo, the neckline, and the fit? The little Missoni-esque stripes the yarn formed.

The pattern is zen-like in it's stockinette stitch, some may call it boring, till you get to the neckline hem that is. I HATED sewing it down. No matter how careful and methodical I was, the neckline wanted to turn out. Thankfully a little steam blocking helped things stay flat, which is the only blocking I've done so far.

61 Comments:

Anonymous grumperina said...

I love that color, and I love the way the sweater looks on you! Congratulations on a favorite knit!

5/2/06 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Alexandra said...

Wow...an Hourglass in handpainted yarn without any weird pooling! You must lead a charmed life.:-) It looks great on you, and I love the color.

5/2/06 9:34 PM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

Love it! And I love the yarn. The colour is a beaut and the sweater looks lovely on you. Congrats!

5/2/06 9:39 PM  
Blogger Sandra may be knitting a ranchhouse said...

GORGEOUS!

5/2/06 9:46 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

So lovely!

5/2/06 9:52 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

It looks great! I just picked up this book today after seeing so many Hourglass Sweaters and other great things that have come from it.

5/2/06 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Liz said...

She turned out beautifully, and you look lovely in her. I will repeat, I am not a big fan of pink, but that yarns, combined wit h the sweater shaping is a thing of great beauty, and almost enough to make me think about pink... as a colour to use.

5/2/06 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

It looks great. The variegation in the yarn works well for that pattern.

5/2/06 10:45 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

It's stunning! Congratulations!

Heh, I'm working on some strategies to avoid sewing down the neck after hearing that...

5/2/06 10:54 PM  
Blogger illanna said...

Stunning!!! I love the color and the collar is phenomenal.

5/2/06 10:54 PM  
Anonymous tina said...

oh my god!! I LOVE IT! It is so adorable! and pretty!! It's really gorgeous

5/2/06 11:03 PM  
Blogger heatherfeather said...

i really can't decide if i want to make this sweater - i have abysmal Stst tension...rowing out left and right... but i love the construction of this sweater.

but again, me with the wanting to roll in the yarn... mmmmMMmmmmpink!

5/2/06 11:06 PM  
Blogger caitlyn said...

Wow, Yahaira!!! Your Hourglass sweater is REALLY REALLY beautiful!!!! You did an amazing job and the neckline is perfect!! *And* is looks wonderful on you! YAY!!

5/2/06 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Jeanie said...

What a cheerful sweater that is! And your stitches are so perfect! Beautiful knitting!!!

5/2/06 11:21 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

It really is stunning! The fit, the color, everything! I love the way it turned out!!

5/2/06 11:22 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

It's so beautiful Yahaira! That color is lovely. I haven't seen an hourglass sweater that I've liked more than yours, and I'm not even a 'pink' person. It looks great on you!

5/2/06 11:26 PM  
Blogger jennie said...

I can't believe how beautiful your hourglass turned out! The yarn really is gorgeous, especially the striping effect. Yours was the inspiration to create my own, though now I'm starting to question whether I should really gift mine or be selfish and keep it for myself! Congrats!

6/2/06 12:09 AM  
Anonymous Knitknat said...

Look at you, a sweater a week! It's beautiful. I love pink. It's very flattering on you, too.

6/2/06 12:47 AM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

So gorgeous! I love the color and it looks great on you!

6/2/06 12:50 AM  
Blogger goodkarma said...

It's absolutely lovely and the yarn you used ended up being perfect for it. I love it. I covet it. :) Can you share any tips on size choices? I've read that a lot of folks had trouble choosing a size and wished they would have gone down one... did you choose one that matched your bust measurment or did you include any ease/neg. ease? Inquiring minds want to know; I think I'm one of the last people on earth who still hasn't knit this but wants to. I hope that if I do make one, it will turn out as well as yours.

6/2/06 1:16 AM  
Blogger winnie said...

oh crikey...now i want another one in pink too! it looks fabulous on you!

6/2/06 1:34 AM  
Anonymous jenn said...

I love the neckline of the sweater, looks(and sounds) like it worked up beautifully!

6/2/06 3:15 AM  
Blogger Terhi said...

Yahaira, your Hourglass is delicious! I love the colour! I'm just starting mine, and seeing yours is just the inspiration I needed. :-)

6/2/06 4:04 AM  
Anonymous anna said...

beautiful beautiful - love the missoni stripes and the neck looks perfect.

6/2/06 4:41 AM  
Anonymous Annarella said...

This is brilliant! Your Hourglass looks fantastic on you, and you're such a fast knitter! Both the hem and the raglan seams are soooo neat, way to go! I'm so impressed :) xxx

6/2/06 5:00 AM  
Anonymous nichola said...

beautiful!! i really mus finish mine.

6/2/06 8:05 AM  
Anonymous colleen said...

The side view looks great--of course the rest of the photos are being blocked by my server (damn thing).

6/2/06 9:48 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

wow! that turned out just lovely. i can't wait to make one now!

6/2/06 9:52 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

What a beautiful sweater! Just the words "Malabrigo sweater" make my heart flutter a little.

6/2/06 10:02 AM  
Blogger Julsey said...

damn girl!

you're a knittng machine!!!!!

It looks great :)

6/2/06 10:46 AM  
Blogger Brooklyn Handspun said...

Wow that is fab! I love the color and that neckline is great - ok I've been pushed over the edge I WILL be making this sweater!

6/2/06 11:15 AM  
Blogger carrie said...

that's such a fabulous color and it looks perfectly lovely. i agree, the neckline is divine! hurrah!

6/2/06 11:24 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

You are such a fast knitter. The colors and fit are so great. What a gorgeous sweater!

6/2/06 11:33 AM  
Blogger Gracie said...

It is so beautiful! I need to knit this one for myself, everyone I have seen knit is beautiful!

6/2/06 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Hot diggity! Good job woman! Those hem seams look invisible to me. Don't know what you were tripping about. =)

6/2/06 1:00 PM  
Blogger tara said...

Beautiful! Definately inpsiring...I think a sweater in this yarn will be my March project for Lolly's Project Spectrum-I love it!

6/2/06 1:05 PM  
Blogger yuvee said...

I really need to get myself some of those yarns one day. I can't believe how gorgeous your sweater looks! The seams look perfect to me ;)

6/2/06 1:17 PM  
Blogger nikki the blogless said...

How pretty! I have some olivia Malabrigo (that is supposed to be a sweater for the husby) and my trusty copy of LMKG. I just may have to knit one, too.

6/2/06 2:08 PM  
Blogger Bryony said...

That rocks :D You have provided much inspiration for doing mine! Lovely lovely lovely!

6/2/06 2:59 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

dude. you like totally copied me and my malabrigo hourglass. *straight faced*

dammit.

heh. seirously, it fits SO well! I wonder if the steam blocking would work on my (still curly) neckline. Rawr. Also - make that shaver work for yah, I found mine pilled quite a bit after a few days.

6/2/06 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Purly Whites said...

Yeah, I totally disagree with everyone else. This sweater looks like shit. I hate the color and it doesn't fit you at all. I can't believe you call yourself a knitter.

KIDDING. I feel just the opposite. Heh.

6/2/06 3:44 PM  
Blogger christine said...

That is one wonderfully gorgeous sweater......it looks as comfy as it is beautifullllll!

6/2/06 3:50 PM  
Anonymous amanda woodward said...

I am so jealous, that looks so gorgeous & the color is amazing! just amazing!

6/2/06 3:51 PM  
Blogger kate said...

well, it's pink, that's for sure. tee hee. seriously, you look great in it, even if i can't see your smiling face. (and what's up with THAT missy?)

6/2/06 5:14 PM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Wow, very nice! Love that color and the way the yarn is not solid one color.

6/2/06 11:40 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Love the color. Love the sweater. Love the fit. What a success! I worked on mine ALL weekend - and I too will have a finished one soon. I am absolutely in love with the color of yours. It is so beautiful on you!

Thanks for the note on the top turn-down row - I will use a steamer for it too.

Wonderful work, Y!

7/2/06 7:42 AM  
Blogger earthchick said...

WOW! That is just gorgeous. I've been wanting to knit that sweater, and now I know which yarn I'll choose. You did a fabulous job and it looks great on you.

7/2/06 2:33 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

OOOOH. I love it! The yarn is gorgeous - a perfect pink. Great job.

7/2/06 4:15 PM  
Blogger loopylulu said...

Dah! I'm jealous I didn't knit that=) Looks great!

7/2/06 4:39 PM  
Anonymous jan said...

I've been wanting to knit that sweater but have been fretting over which yarn to use. It would've never occurred to me to use the Malabrigo but it looks gorgeous. I'm going to knit up a swatch and see what I think. That pink is awesome. Thanks.

7/2/06 5:44 PM  
Anonymous jane said...

Okay, I guess I'm the only one who doesn't know what LMKG is. Please please tell me -- you've inspired me to figure out perhaps how to use the remaining Malabrigo I have (a gift) from an afghan I just finished.
And BTW, the afghan I made is around the same gauge as your lovely sweater, and if your experience is anything like mine so far, make sure you've got extra batteries in stock for your sweater shaver, is all I'm sayin'!
Do you know if it would be safe to put this yarn in the dryer (on no heat fluff) to plump it up a bit after blocking? I wet-blocked the whole blanket, and it's gotten a bit flat.
It's a great sweater you made, and looks totally super on!

8/2/06 2:14 AM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Your Hourglass is simply stunning! That Malabrigo colorway is just gorgeous and the variegation adds such a wonderful depth. So beautiful!! It looks fantastic on you, too. Take care! :-)

8/2/06 4:54 AM  
Blogger Cutie said...

Oooh, I want to join this loooove train!

I absolutely love it, love it, love it... omg. I am leaving on a jet plane.... to steal your sweater...

Mmmmhmmm.
emms (future yahaira sweater stealer)

8/2/06 9:04 AM  
Anonymous kris said...

yeah! i love it! now STOP IT with finishing sweaters already. you're making the rest of us look bad. also, please don't finish the elfine socks either. i'm still on my first one.

9/2/06 8:05 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Great color! I love how it came out. So glad you're enjoying it!

9/2/06 4:53 PM  
Blogger Kaitie Tee said...

Ok now I'm going to blame you for my inability to pick a yarn for my own Hourglass. I was going to use Knit Picks Merino Style. But now I love the look of the handpainted. Hmm...maybe I'll have to make two!

So I guess then I'd be blaming you for inspiring me to make TWO sweaters! That's not so bad huh?

10/2/06 1:14 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

Looks fabulous! I'm working on an hourglass right now in brooks farm duet - hope it turns out as nicely as yours!

12/2/06 12:44 PM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

Yours really came out great. I keep starting and stopping on that sweater with different yarns, but seeing yours makes me want to just get started and have one of my own!

20/2/06 11:47 PM  
Blogger GamecockDoc said...

Gorgeous sweater! I've been nervous about tackling my first sweater, but you've totally inspired me. I have to make this!

24/2/06 5:22 PM  
Anonymous tea bee said...

GASP. Perhaps the most beautiful Hourglass ever? And in one of my very favorite yarns in one of my very favorite colors? You rock my world.

6/3/06 12:42 AM  
Anonymous knit chick said...

That looks great! I found your blog when I did a search for "Malabrigo sweater". I haven't seen too many of those & was curious how it faired (especially after washing... my Malabrigo hat bloomed).

10/3/06 2:45 AM  

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