This post is brought to you by Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year! Finally, a color of the year I appreciate! I wear lots of greens but I especially love a pop of chartreuse so this is perfect for me! Perhaps you’ve noticed my latest sweater is green…
I didn’t get it done for NYE but there’s always next week!
Unfortunately, I green is also the color of frogs and I think I’ve got some frogging in my future. I did the color work around the yoke. It looks good.
That’s a Dancing Bear, of Grateful Dead fame. It’s a free chart. But soon after, problems start to arise. I’m not out of the dark green yarn, which is naturally the color I want to continue with. It’s okay though, I’ve got plenty of the light green and since it’s now color of the year, I have to use it, don’t I?
I decided to incorporate a honeycomb sort of slip stitch pattern based on this pattern, Retro Lopapeysa. As an added bonus, it looks a bit like a turtle shell.
Bears and Terrapins are good friends if you’re a Deadhead. I didn’t plan it that way, but I’ll totally go with that story. I’m a fan of happy accidents. This is a very happy accident. I’ve been worried about the look being too disjointed, the color block body, the striped sleeves, the stranded yoke. It’s got a lot going on and it’s definitely teetering on the edge of chaos but it’s working for me.
The problem is the fit. The fit is a hot mess. Tight at the armpit and gaping in other parts. It’s so bad I couldn’t even bring myself to take a grainy, poorly lit selfie. I’m pretty sure I need to rip back to the sleeve join and do some reworking.
Which of course is going to be a problem because last week, I grafted my armpit holes. D’oh! That’s what I get for ‘helping’ myself and weaving the ends in early! Oh well…I’m soldiering on, the slip stitch pattern goes quickly, especially as I decrease. I’m secretly hoping the fit will improve as I get closer to the neck line. Maybe I won’t have to rip it out? (Maybe I’m delusional…stay tuned to find out!)