I woke to the snow thick and heavy on the branches this morning - picture postcard perfect. That means cozy knits, hot chocolate and the fire roaring. I finished this sweater quite a while ago, but never got around to posting about it, so today seemed the perfect day.
This pattern is Brock by Gudrun Johnson. It was a fun knit and has become a wardrobe staple. I lengthened the body by 3 inches and made the sleeves long because I am always cold! The yarn is Deerfield by Webs. It is 80% baby alpaca and 20 % silk. It has a wonderful drape. Brock has a gauge of 6 stitches to the inch and Deerfield is supposed to be a DK weight. However, I found the fabric more stable when it was knit at the tighter gauge of 6 stitches to the inch rather than 5 1/2. In fact I originally was using this year to make a sweater with a DK guage and ended up ripping it out because I didn't like the resulting fabric!
Deerfield is so soft. As I was knitting with it, I thought that it would never hold up, but this yarn has held up beautifully with very little pilling. The pattern is simple, made with purl stitches. I love this sweater and highly recommend both the pattern and the yarn! Enjoy the snow and some knitting!