I have been Knitting James from the latest Jane Ellison book. I really like these patterns and will probably knit something else from this book. James caught my eye when the book was first published. I had a bag of Kueyon #55 and thought it would lend itself to this pattern. I like the subdued tones in Kyreyon #55. I am not a light bue or pink kind of guy but it looks great in this sweater.
I did not follow the pattern to the letter. I changed the entire pattern. James is supposed to be slouchy and drop shouldered. My James is going to be fitted, but not tight. I think the sweater in Silk Garden would be better slouchy as the knitted fabric of SG might have a bit more drape. It wil be neat to see how James looks and feels after a nice soapy bath!
I decided to do the sleeves in the round from the top down as I want them to fit perfectly, or as close to perfect as possible. I made the sweater much more fitted than was called for in the pattern. The sleeves are a bit more fitted as well. I decided on rolled edges instead of the garter stitch edges called for in the book. I will do rolled edges on the sleeves. I seamed the shoulders with a three needle bind off and I crocheted the side seams. I aded the rolled bottom edge after seaming and went down a needle size to pull in the bottom of the sweater a bit. I am happy with the results at this point in the process.
It is a fun, simple, mindless knit. More later. All for now......