i am a fan of raglans because i feel the fit does not have to be so exact. there isn't a defined shoulder line. a set in sleeve, on the other hand, screams look at me ! if it's off by a wee bit.
my favorite feature of this sweater is the neckline. it is somewhat boatneck, which can be a shape that stretches and grows. but, this neckline has three layers of reinforcement. first is the knitted bindoff. then, a round of single crochet, and then a round of reverse single crochet (a.k.a. crab stitch). it makes a lovely feminine edge, that to me, doesn't even really look like crochet.
another knitterly tip: this sweater is knitted in 4 pieces. the instructions say to keep the stitches "live" vs. binding off. then, sew the raglans together, then join together knitting one last round.
i kept the stitches live, then joined them by doing a k2tog at the beginning of each piece, and a ssk at the end. this eliminated the 1 st. in pattern that would be part of the seam. it is flawless.
and i did wear black dianna to work today. she was cool & comfortable!
i like her very much. and i like to think of her in terms of variations. perhaps she will come around again in a different yarn, or different length sleeves? perhaps i should not get too excited and jump on some bandwagon i will fall off of in due time ..... ?!
pattern : pacific view pullover by tahki stacy charles (free pattern download)
yarn: adrienne vittadini's dianna, 8 balls
needles: kp's harmony size 8.
regarding the yarn: this was stash yarn, which i still have 2 balls left. after one day of wearing, it is pilly under the arms. this yarn is easy to knit with. but, now i have doubts to its wear. just sayin' ....