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yet another Knitting It Old School FO

23 November 2011 14,357 views 8 Comments

It’s possible that in 5 years I will have knit everything out of our book and I’m ok with that. It means they’re all projects that I want, which in turn means I am my own demographic. Success!

Double Decker finished!

Last April (what?! So I didn’t blog it til now? Whatevs. I’m a slow poke blogger I guess) I finished Cirilia Rose’s Double Decker sweater from Knitting It Old School. Now that we’re back into sweater weather, I can confidently say that this is one of my most worn handknits. I love the way it turned out and I’ve worn it everywhere this fall.

I didn’t knit it exactly to pattern, as I wanted the bust purl line to hit below my bust instead of right across it.  I knew I could adjust it to more of an empire waistline type deal, I just had to work out how to do that. I mean, mostly it was just increasing the length before the underarms, but I also (on Amy Herzog’s advice) threw in some bust darts.

Double Decker finished!

Bust darts! Honestly? This part intimidated me at first, but I have to tell you they were so easy to do.

I followed Amy’s advice and knit a size smaller than I usually do using my overbust size instead of  my actual bust measurement size. For bust darts I increased an inch worth on either front working the increases on each right side. I knit straight for a bit and then decreased more slowly on every other right side row.

Honestly. Why did I think bust darts were going to be hard?

The buttons I found at Seed Stitch in Salem when we did a trunk show there and I love them. They’re a little heavy for the sweater and probably add 3lbs of weight, but look at em! I think they’re perfect.

Double Decker finished!

And can I just say how happy I am that I can officially knit the smaller size in everything I make now? Less yarn! Less knitting! Better fit!

The Berocco Lustra has gorgeous drape and is super warm but is a single ply, so holy doodle this thing pills like crazy. I’m not sure that I’ll knit with this yarn again, but as long as I’m willing to hit the sweater with the shaver every day, I’m fine.

Double Decker finished!

Full details on Ravelry: Double Decker


  • depravedDyer said:

    Stunning! The sweater and you and the photowork and heaven help us the pirate buttons and pond scum shirt. Stephen and I are sitting here drooling into our coffee over you.

  • Minty said:

    Looks fantastic! I’ve always liked this pattern.

  • lauren said:

    Gosh that’s a great pattern, and I love your version! I’ve had in my queue since I got the book; I’ll have to keep your bust darts in mind (heh) since I could definitely use them as well on this sweater.

  • Jacey said:

    Love. it! The color is so beautiful on you, and the shaping is super flattering. Pirate buttons are icing on the already fabulous cake!

  • Becky said:

    Looks beautiful! Love the buttons and the color combo with the yellow/green shirt.

  • elsa said:

    Beautiful pattern ~ love the back especially!

  • thea said:

    The sweater is one of my faves of yours! Esp with the buttons – :-)
    Looks great!!

  • Lisle said:

    It’s perfect! And lovely! What a great job you’ve done.

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