29 May 2012

Queued: Abalone

I'm not a big fan of short-sleeved sweaters.

I guess I don't get it. Like vests, it just seems odd to put merino on your torso and leave your extremities open to the elements. If I'm cold in Houston, it's due to the air conditioning-- which means I need sleeves to combat it.

So of course, I'd queue this:

Color me hypocritical. It's Abalone, by Beata Jezek, and it is my new best friend. I want to hug it and squeeze it and cast on for it immediately.

I love the border on the sleeves, which is substantial enough to balance the body of the sweater. Look how the edge curves away toward the back, with the same motif on the button band:

Super flattering shape and styled so well with the long sleeves. I could see it being cute over a basic tank for warm days, too. Warm but not hot, that is. Since it's already in the 90's here, I think my spring sweater ship has sailed for the year.

A few more shots for giggles:

The pattern's calling for a worsted weight, but I'd absolutely sub in a sock yarn to keep it light. I am absolutely in love with the silk/merino one ply suggested in the pattern. This colorway is out of control gorgeous, too. Neutral but interesting!

Alright, I'm off to work on my Pinctada... I'm about halfway to my desired length at 11 repeats... Just 11 more to go!

- YX

(You know the drill- giveaway entry is almost up!)


  1. I've had that pattern in my queue for so long! I just haven't found the right yarn yet. You've reminded me just how much I like it though ;)

  2. I like it as a slightly less 90s and slightly more grown-up version of T-shirt over long-sleeve, which is a look I've worn on occasion.

  3. This pattern has also lived hypocritically in my queue for years now. But I'm wearing a 3/4 sleeve sweater right now. Perhaps I will also succumb? Hmm, maybe I should go check my stash...

  4. Maybe we should look at doing a knit-a-long? :D :D :D EnablingExploder is enabling!