It’s a well documented fact that I am insanely jealous of knitters. I love love love wool sweaters. I think cotton sweaters are useless for keeping you warm. And, they fade. They fade badly. But, wool sweaters have moved out of my price range in the last ten years. For real. I can remember buying 100 percent wool sweaters at lower to mid price stores as a matter of course. But, now they are a blend and are not the same quality I used to find.
So, I was super excited to find several wool sweater knits at Mood when I visited back in October. I took some samples home with me and started digging through my Burda magazines for an ideal match in the September 2012 #106 pattern. At $18 a yard and needing less than two yards for a sweater, I knew I’d be hard pressed to buy anything for less.
My first sweater is a orange/ brown sweater knit that feels as soft as my friend’s J.Crew cashmere. The color just about blends in with my skin in real life 🙂
It rocks under my suits — including this denim ‘washable suit’, heh. The denim adds to a 70s vibe the color gives off.
The sweater knit doesn’t have the highest recovery. So, my sleeves stretched a bit into a bell shape. Noting this, I took about three – four inches out of the neck binding.
The French darts provide great shaping. Thanks for my Facebook friends I was able to alter the bust for a one-inch FBA.
If you’ll notice, I did the binding on the bias, the bottom band on the crossgrain. It helps provide some visual interest.
Overall, a winner of a pattern and a sweet warm sweater to boot. I’ve already gotten loads of wear and compliments on my sweater. And, best of all, I was *warm* 🙂 I have a few more sweaters planned for this winter from Mood’s sweater knits. I feel toasty already!
Editor’s note: We do have some sweater knits online here. Or you can visit the NYC store where we have a really great collection of sweater knits. Plus we just got a fantastic shipment of Missoni wool knits at Mood NYC that would make beautiful capes and ponchos.