The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"What is a Quercus?" I wondered. Almost instantly, an email from Teresa unraveled this riddle. "A quercus is just an acorn!" she explained. The Quercus is also a new pattern from Knitty designed by Julie Turjoman.
From first sight, the pattern filled me with ambivalence. I absolutely love the back - LOVE! It's made for a figure like mine. I have to have it.
But other details make me itch and scratch. I don't like the yarn - or maybe it's the gauge? - for this sweater. It's too stiff and crunchy. The cuffs bother me; the way they're photographed, the sleeves look like they were knitted too long and haphazardly rolled up. The model looks engulfed by the collar - but she's a tiny little thing so maybe the wide collar wouldn't be an issue on a big girl like me. And then Teresa exclaimed that the cable looks like a spine. Eek! I agree.
I like the elbow-length sleeves, especially the natural line that occurs between the sleeves along the back waist where the cable ends. But I don't like the cuffs so I will either end them at the elbow with ribbing, revise the cuffs so they lay better, or extend the sleeves to the wrist. Still pondering...
I want to swap out the rolled edge front on the sweater with ribbing and buttons because I know this will be more becoming on me (see the quick-and-dirty mockup below). Like lots of bottom-heavy women, I look better with the top of my sweater open and the bottom buttoned; this draws the eye towards the bust, shoulders, and face. I created a graphic for the F2F Rav group this morning that shows why I don't wear three-button sweaters. The same principle goes for sweaters like the Quercus; I'm skeptical that using a pin at my waist will be attractive on me because my belly will protrude. I'm also so short-waisted the the pin will ride right under my bust. Buttons are better - for me anyway.
As I said before, my knitting gal pal Teresa remarked that the Quercus cable looks like a spine. To reduce this effect, I'm removing the two purl rows that bisect the cable. I'm going to use a more classic style instead, as shown here in my swatch.
Planning completed, last night I casted on and started the long march down from the shoulders to the hem. The Quercus is knitted top-down design and is almost seamless. I am intrigued by the construction and am interested to see how it effects fit. We'll see. But I like what I've made thus far. My sweater will be even prettier after blocking because the Nashua Creative Focus Worsted blooms luciously.
So, what am I calling this creation? The Mighty Acorn, because it's SO much easier to spell and say and remember. I hope you will come back and watch my little Acorn grow into what I hope will be a very beautiful oak tree.