American Wool Series

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Start to Finish: Pomme de Pin

 My Pomme de Pin cardigan is finished!!! Yesterday morning I bound off the buttonband and yesterday afternoon I sewed on buttons. This cardigan turned out better than I imagined it would - the length is perfect, the sleeves hit just where I want them, and I'm absolutely positive I'll get a ton of wear out of it. 

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I started this project January 5th and bound off February 1st. Three weeks for a sport weight sweater isn't too shabby and I used stash yarn and library pattern stash to knit this up -that meets two of my goals for 2014. I was a little worried about having a couple of inches of positive ease built into the sweater but I don't feel like it necessarily translated into the finished garment. My yarn isn't superwash so it didn't do that melty opening-up thing that superwash yarns usually do, but it's totally fine with me. I did a slightly rough block on the sweater after setting in the sleeves and before picking up the button band - a more thorough block after the first wear will open up the lace a little more and smooth out the button band.

Pattern: Pomme de Pin by Amy Christoffers
Yarn: Valley Yarns Northampton Sport in Ocean Heather
Needles: US #6 (4 mm) & US #5 (3.75 mm) Hiya Hiya Sharp Interchangeables
Mods: I knit the sleeves two at a time until the sleeve caps and then knit them one at a time. The sleeves are shorter - only 17 inches instead of 19 - and I did 20 rounds of ribbing at the cuff. I used 1394 yards and the pattern called for 1400 yards. I think if I had decided to knit the sleeves as long as the pattern indicated I would have run out of yarn instead of having about half a skein left over. Phew! 

I hope you liked my Start to Finish series! I found it pretty rewarding to think more in-depth about my decision-making process regarding sweater knitting and how that translates to a finished garment that I'm happy with. In fact, I liked it so much that I'm planning on doing another one later in the year. Thank you for following along!


  1. It looks amazing! The fit is perfect, it looks so good on you. Can't wait to see what you knit up next.

    1. Thanks, Sanja! I've got another sweater in the works already - I couldn't help myself!

  2. Looks great! I love that blue color. However did you find perfectly matching buttons?

    1. Surprisingly, I got the buttons at Joann's - I just had to sift through every card of buttons on the rack until the right thing came along.

  3. Loved the way it turned out. The fit is perfect and the color is amazing. I have that pattern in my queue and seeing yours makes me want to knit it now! Off to stash dive!


  4. I am on row 11 and a close up of the lace pattern would be great. The dark color suits you it didnt photograph well. Everybody has already made this & I am just beginning. Amy now works for Berroco