I considered buying new yarn, but I now have TWO sweaters' worth of pink Classic Elite Solstice (actually I have three sweaters' worth: light pink, medium pink, and denim blue). I've got to stop buying yarn that never gets used and ends up in my giant walk-in-shower yarn stash!
Somehow or another, I've got to make a pretty sweater with this yarn. How about a lace sweater? That might dress the whole thing up. Something simple, fast, and pretty. I labored on Sweater Wizard, constructed a pattern that features a v-necked raglan with short sleeves, and then started on the sleeve.
It's pretty, but strangely very puffy! I blocked a swatch and it still seems bulky; I'm afraid it will make me look even heavier. So I tried the same stitch pattern with needles that are three sizes larger and then dampened the swatch. It looks and feels lighte. With the more-open mesh, has a lot more drape, too. I think I like this.
The ribbing looks a bit wonky, but I didn't really block this. Assuming I can get through this design process and make an actual sweater, I'll use wires and properly block everything.
So I think this is the winner? Maybe? I'm going to start the sleeve again using the larger needles and we'll see how it goes. The best news is that the knitting will be FAST; my gauge is 3.75 stitches and 5 rows per inch. I really need to finish this before mid-May - and then get back to the Waltham and Early Bird cardigans, both of which are about two-thirds done. I hate all this unfinished business! My mid-year's resolution: no new sweaters until these old ones are done.