Really, I will never tire of the moment when a new sweater comes off the blocking board and onto me.
What a swell feeling, trying on something that I made myself, start to finish.
Notes and Thawts
I’ll start with the last thing first: blocking. I cannot overstate the transformation that comes when you block this MDK Atlas yarn. Will it all smooth out in the blocking?
The answer was a resounding yes.
I gave this a good half hour in the sink with cold water and a dose of Soak, our favorite laundry wash. The scent this time? Celebration, which the Soak folk tell us is inspired by the essence of red rooibos tea. Not being all that familiar with rooibos tea either red or whatever other color it comes in, I’ll just say this: it smells wonderful.
It’s one of the small special moments in knitting—a sweater I just finished, getting a bath in a small special sort of laundry wash.
MDK Atlas yarn puffs up in a way that is truly lovely.
The neckline is brilliant. Of course, Joji Locatelli would finish her design with a tidy, perfect V neck.
You’ll want to figure out how to space the stitches along the V neck and back of neck—the stitch counts in the pattern are spot on, but it’s not a one-to-one ratio when you’re picking up the stitches.
I found that knit 5, skip 1 got me what I needed. This will vary, of course, depending on what size you’re making.
My sleeves are long. In storebought clothes, my sleeves are never too long, so I am luxuriating in the length I ended up with.
They grew about an inch after blocking, so Picky Me would get in there and take out an inch. Actual Me is not going to do that, at least right now. These sleeves feel cozy. They’re fine.
The fit makes me happy. I made the third size. It’s boxy in the body, slim sleeved. I’m mostly going to wear a layer under this. But it feels great next to my skin, if I decide to wear it without that layer.
The color. I love this color so much. Atlas in Shale is a warm gray, medium. Joji’s twisted stitch cables really shine in this color.
Conclusion: a complete success. Five stars! Worth a detour!