I finally did it.  I put on the two-piece sport dress sweater I made (# of years censored for vanity's sake) years ago, and took a picture of it.  Here it is.

Wait; you say.  That is the picture of the sweater?  That looks like a picture of you cooking with the sweater covered over by an apron.

You would be right, my friends.  And that's because this is not only the story of a sweater.  It's the story of me trying to take a decent picture of myself.  This is where we started:
How do you people do that thing where you take pictures of yourself?  It never, NEVER works for me.  So, I waited until the Mister SweaterGirlKnits got home, and asked him to take a picture of me.  We tried, and tried, and eventually settled upon this baby to the right.

But when we uploaded it we both said: wait, what's up with your posture?  Shoulders and head forward, stooped.. meh?

Being the lazy person that I naturally am, I said "oh well, I just won't post a picture of it yet, I'll try it some other time," and went back to stir the cauliflower.

But the mister is not so lazy as me.  In fact, he's a downright perfectionist about things like this. (It kills him, by the way, that the pictures in the background of the above are crooked.  I left them that way on purpose.  Because I like to torment him.  That's called marriage.)

Anyhow, discontented with the above, he interrupted my mad cauliflower buttering (yeah, that's right, I butter my vegetables; it's vintage!) and insisted upon taking a few more.  So, sure, you can see the sweater better in the photo to the right, but I had to lead off with one that didn't have me lookin' so stooped. 

It really is awesome.  The high neck is so graceful, and the ribbing details at the bust are just different enough to ensure that no one thinks you bought it off the rack.

Two things about the pattern:
 1. Make sure you make it long enough.  I can only wear this sweater with certain of my high waisted skirts because I made the hem-to-underarm length 15" rather than 18".  Learning experience.
2. Bind the neck off using something stretchy.  This was one of my first sweaters, so I used just a standard bind-off.  The neck-line is so high, that a firm, inflexible bind-off like the standard will choke you to death.  Immediately after this was taken:

this smile says: "ok, honey, your pork chop is burning"
I almost literally ran to take the thing off.  I spent the rest of the night feeling like someone had been choking me.  No joke, kids, no joke.

It's a great, versatile sweater that can be worn with jeans, or with a nice skirt for work.  Pair it with a pencil skirt and you've got instant vintage.  I made mine using Shine Sport from Knit Picks.  It's a superwash cotton blend, and I couldn't recommend it more.

Check out the pattern details here (right-hand column) ; or pick up your copy here!


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