The Tilly Sweater is finally finished and I'm so pleased with it. Thanks, Calana Crafts, for the pattern.
The yarn is Araucanía Ranco Multi, color 319. It took one skein for the main part of the sweater and a partial skein for the ribbing. I judged it pretty well and didn't run out of yarn for the body. Trust me, when they say there are no dye lots, they aren't kidding. Every single skein is different, but I must say it worked out pretty well using the second skein for the ribbing. The buttons might be my favorite part of this sweater. I love the way they pick up the various colors of this variegated yarn. They're not a perfect match, but they really do girly up the predominately blue yarn.
Using two skeins forced me to make some mods. I shortened the sleeves and body just a bit and compensated by making the sleeve and body ribbing longer. I would have run out of yarn had I not done this. I like a longer cuff anyway--you can fold it back. Hopefully, Tilly will be able to wear it longer this way. Babies grow so quickly!
I also chose to do a different button hole. I used the 3-row buttonhole from Knitting Without Tears. Elizabeth Zimmermann calls the 1-row buttonhole "pigseyes." I agree--most of the time, that's what they look like, mine included. EZ's method takes a little longer, but is far superior. That said, there's a 1-row buttonhole in Barbara Walker's Second Treasury of Knitting that looks promising.
I will probably use this pattern again, but next time with a dk weight yarn and bigger needles. I shouldn't have to change too many numbers to get a bigger size, but I will change the bottom ribbing. Take a look at middle photo--the way the pattern is written, you lose the K2 of the K2P2 ribbing. Next time I'll start and end with K3 to allow for the knit that gets eaten by the button and buttonhole band.
Here's one last artsy-fartsy shot. I bought a light tent so I could get some nice infinity shots and the darn thing DIDN'T come with a white background. I photoshopped the seams out of the first shot, but I'm off to the fabric store for some white fabric and velcro.