Riding to Avalon

11 September 2008 · 31 comments in Knitting

Riding to Avalon

Riding to Avalon by Connie Chang Chinchino from Knitscene Fall 2008 knit with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Golden {More}

Finally I have the chance to reveal the Riding to Avalon hoodie, my big Ravelympics project. I didn’t end up making the Olympic deadline, but I’m actually glad I didn’t. I had all the pieces finished by the Closing Ceremony, but because it’s knit in the round, I figured finishing was going to be a breeze. I forgot completely about the hood—knit entirely in the time-consuming purl twist stitch—and didn’t take into account just how much time crocheting and sewing on sixteen button loops and buttons would take. Taking extra time for finishing allowed me to take the time I needed and I think I ended up with a much better FO than I would if I I had rushed to finish before the Closing Ceremony.

Riding to Avalon

I’ve already talked about my yarn choice and instant attraction to this pattern, so I’ll try to focus on the FO. First I must mention just how happy I am with my yarn choice, despite the gauge issues. I think the slight tweediness of the Silky Wool works really well in both the large expanses of stockinette and the pretty purl twist stitch that makes up the textured details. I also love this yarn and how it knits up at this gauge. It’s soft, but with a gorgeous texture and beautiful drape. I think the bold (and sadly discontinued) colour also works really well with the simple shapes. It’s not a colour usually found in my wardrobe, but I’ve already gotten plenty of wear out of the sweater.

Riding to Avalon

Apart from my yarn substitution and change in gauge, I knit this pattern pretty much as written, knitting the 42.75 size to the lengths in the 38.75 size. The final product ended up in between the two smallest sizes and fits me perfectly. The changes I did make to the pattern were either to make up for my change in gauge or to make the hoodie suit me and my preferences better. I added length to both the sleeves and body and ended up moving the waist shaping down an inch or so to fit my curves better. I also recalculated the waist shaping according to my gauge.

One of my favourite features of this pattern is actually the waist shaping, which is done with nearly invisible darts in the front and back. It’s just right, creating a few curves while leaving plenty of ease at the waist for a comfortable fit. My hoodie ended up with zero ease at the bust, about an inch of ease at the hips and several inches at the waist, which I think is perfect for this style of sweater. I also really liked the garter stitch fake seam and ended up doing the same thing down the inside of the sleeves.

Riding to Avalon

Of course, it’s not quite perfect. The bottom edge of the pattern has one garter ridge to stop it from curling, but despite plenty of blocking, the edge still rows. I wouldn’t mind the rolled edge if it wasn’t for the fact that it makes it just slightly too short. I might try crocheting around the bottom to see if it helps. The hood also ended up much too shallow. I added both stitches and increases to make up for my smaller gauge, but it’s still shallow to wear up properly. Since I never actually wear my hoods, I decided I didn’t care, but if you’re knitting this and want to be able to wear the hood, you might want to make it a bit deeper.

With a pattern with so many buttons, I also thought I should also mention my button choice. I spent alot of time trying to find something I thought would work  and in the end I went for some pretty straight forward faux wooden buttons. I tend to go for contrasting buttons and for the golden yellow, I think the warm brown works really well.

Riding to Avalon

Altogether, I think this might just be my favourite sweater yet. It’s so completely me—simple, but with details that make it really special. My favourite feature? The gorgeous textured cuffs and masses of buttons!

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

neek September 11, 2008 at 11:31 am

Gorgeous! I love that rich golden colour, the tweedy yarn looks fantastic with the textured stitch. :) I love the sleeves and masses of buttons!

Anya September 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm

I agree with you – those buttons add a little extra to the sweater. Great job!

Stephanie September 11, 2008 at 1:10 pm

That sweater looks great on you! Even better than it did on the model in the pattern’s pictures. I think the rolled edge is cute too, if you could stand that it’s a little too short. All in all, definitely a great sweater!

Anna September 11, 2008 at 1:25 pm

It is gorgeous. I love the color. It looks really beautiful on you. I should thank you because when I saw the pictures on Ravelry today I picked up my Avalon hoodie that has been on hold for the last month and decided to finish that second sleeve already.

Kelly September 11, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Absolutely beautiful! I wasn’t drawn to the pattern until now!!
The buttons are perfect with the yarn!

jas September 11, 2008 at 1:48 pm

wow. what a beautiful sweater. it looks gorgeous on you!

Sarah September 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm

It’s beautiful. I absolutely love that yarn, I have been lusting after it for some time for a scarf but now I kinda want a sweater! :)

Jody September 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm

It’s just gorgeous! I love the golden yarn you chose and the buttons are perfect too. Awesome job!

lucy September 11, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Aww! Nice colour on you! The buttons rock!!!

Jodi September 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Just gorgeous! All the buttons and crocheted loop provide a great finishing touch, but I can’t imagine doing all that finishing work in a hurry.

Inspired by your post about that gorgeous yarn, I managed to find myself some in 2 separate places. My LYS had 10 skeins in the 60% off bin! Score. :-)

MrPuffy September 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm

It’s frecking gorgeous!!!! I luuuuuuuve it. I’m so bummed because I saw this pattern in the magazine and wasn’t so impressed so passed on the mag. Your color and yarn choice are first rate.

Petra September 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm

That´s a wonderful sweater and I specially like the end of the arm with the buttons – very nice!

Tora September 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm

You both look beautiful, especially together!

Amanda September 11, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Everything about this is perfect! The colour, the fit, the buttons…everything. Glad you didn’t try to rush the finishing for the Ravelympics too – 16 button loops whilst under pressure would have been a bad thing!

lolly September 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm

You did such a beautiful job on this sweater! I love the way it came out! Congratulations ;)

Donyale September 11, 2008 at 11:28 pm

It looks fantastic – even the colour (which isn’t one that I would choose) is beautiful!

luckylily September 12, 2008 at 1:52 am

Yay! I’m so happy to finally see photos of this sweater. It looks beautiful! I really love the cuffs too.

Rachel September 12, 2008 at 1:57 am

love.

sue September 12, 2008 at 4:14 am

It is gorgeous. I truly love the color too. What an amazing design.

Emma September 12, 2008 at 7:17 am

The buttons are beautiful, the colour shows them off so nicely.

Katherine September 12, 2008 at 7:54 am

Love it! The colour suits you so well and your button choice was spot on. Nicely done :)

lekkercraft September 12, 2008 at 7:30 pm

It’s gorgeous! I am in love with that pattern too, and was thinking of using my EL Silky Wool for it, though I’m not quite sure if I have enough of it. In any case, yours is perfect, and the orange color is terrific on you!

LizKnits September 14, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I agree…. fabulous color and texture! It looks great on you!

Macoco September 15, 2008 at 12:25 am

Your sweater is just gorgeous – I love all of those buttons – even if they may have been a pain. ;)

Robyn September 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm

It looks fabulous Elin!

jenna September 17, 2008 at 6:03 pm

You’re right, those cuffs could NOT be more beautiful. And you always choose the best colors! It looks great on you!!

Amy September 19, 2008 at 2:15 pm

It’s just stunning!!

jp September 29, 2008 at 8:04 pm

You inspired me to source the pattern. Now I am thinking about yarn. It looks fantastic! The buttons are a magnificent choice

Sarah September 29, 2008 at 11:12 pm

I’m making the same pattern using the blue/green Tapestry. Yours looks awesome, hope mine comes out half that good ;-)

Felicia October 1, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Beautiful!

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