Son's Sweater

sweater

Hi Guys,
I just finished a new sweater for my son. I used Knit Picks Brava Worsted acrylic yarn. I wanted to try acrylic for a large project like this and learned a great deal from it. I learned that acrylic doesn't hold its shape as well as wool. If feels heavier and it drapes longer than it measures. I had to rip out 6" from the bottom then add back the 2" ribbing for the bottom edge. Thankfully, my son was here for the fitting, so I knew it was going to be correct. The arms, thankfully, worked out well as I had him try it on. They ended up being about an inch shorter than when I made the same sweater out of worsted superwash merino wool.

While the yarn washed and dried nicely in machines and became softer, I ran into the same problem with yarn from Knit Picks as I have several times in the past. Out of the 10 balls of yarn I used, 8 of them had several breaks/joins in each. The joins were not well done and I had to unknit and rejoin them properly instead of just tying a knot as their yarn manufacturer does. I tried knitting it as it was but the knot usually ended up on the right side of the garment with a bit of a tail. Not good. I did complain to them and as they have done in the past, offered a credit or a refund , so that was good. This sort of thing has happened using expensive and inexpensive yarns, so it is a quality control issue that Knit Picks seems to be experiencing.

My son loves the sweater and it will keep him nice and warm during this cold Chicago weather.

Mark

Comments

Great looking jumper the ribbing is especially nice. I am sure you son will enjoy.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks Anthony. He wore it yesterday as we played Scrabble online together. It was nice to see my handiwork in motion.
Mark

ronhuber's picture

Mark, the sweater is beautiful. Wonderful stitchery all around.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Ron. I am not in a hurry to make a large item with acrylic again. Thankfully, it even softened nicely so I could send it to my son and have it be cozy in frigid Chicago.
Mark

Jo.Kruger's picture

Fabulous sweater, well done

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CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Jo!

grandcarriage's picture

Is it 100% acrylic or a blend? I find lots of full acrylics icky to knit with. They are sticky on the needles or sometimes feel "squeaky". How would you compare knitting with it to knitting with the wool? I sometimes have to afghans, baby blankets, and usually reach for Plymouth Encore (25% wool, 75% acrylic) because it has the best hand, but it's always good to have a back up.

kiwiknitter's picture

Your description of acrylics as "squeeky" and "sticky" is spot-on. I concur that acrylics are "icky to knit with".

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Bob,
It's 100% Premium Acrylic. I'm not sure what premium means. It didn't feel icky or like I was knitting with spun plastic like acrylic from years ago, that stuff was just awful. I use the Addi Turbo circulars and find that at the acrylic doesn't slip off the needles quite as effortlessly than wool or wool/acrylic blend. While I won't use it again to make a sweater, I think that it would be good for afghans and baby blankets, and perhaps baby clothing that may need to be thrown into the washer and dryer. It got softer after just one washing and that made me happy. I just wasn't happy with how many times the yarn had apparently split/broke and had to be joined together during it's manufacturing.

I am actually making a hat with some of the leftover and I am doing it double stranded on US10 needles 5x5 rib. A good friend of mine lives in central IL and loves the one I made for him with some inexpensive wool a few years ago. I thought he might need a thicker one this year. I will be interested to see how it turns out and how soft it gets after washing.

Mark

kiwiknitter's picture

That is a beautiful sweater both the style and the colour. Well-done, you!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Jesse!