Pattern: Bedford by Michele Wang, from Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2011
Yarn: About 10 years ago I went to a wool market and got sucked into buying this hand-dyed silk and kid mohair yarn. The yarn was absolutely gorgeous, and I had visions of knitting something luxuriously fabulous with it. It didn’t matter at the time that I really dislike mohair. I really thought if I had just the right project, I would LOVE mohair. It never happened. The yarn became three different sweaters, and this is the fourth and final incarnation, because of course mohair should not be frogged, ever, let alone three times.
Modifications: This is the second version of Bedford; I didn’t wear the first version because while there wasn’t anything wrong with it, it was just a tad too thin to wear a shirt underneath. And at some point I needed the yarn for a new version of Bryn Mawr dress . . . . For this Bedford, I knitted the raglan two stitches wide instead of four, made the body longer and the sleeves shorter.
Thoughts: For such a detailed (over-written, as I think BT patterns tend to be), the directions for the neck shaping doesn’t work. It is a good thing that I haven’t followed neck or sleeve instructions — for ANY pattern — for at least a couple of decades, mainly because I am a small woman and I routinely modify patterns to suit my dimensions and preferences. But back to the instructions: Michele Wang really should have done a better editing job with the directions for neck shaping. Her buyers, and Brooklyn Tweed fans in general, deserve better.
As for the finished sweater . . . . I don’t love variegated yarn, I don’t love mohair, so I am pretty sure I will not be wearing this top much. On the other hand, I do like how the sleeves turned out: even though I also don’t like reverse stocking stitch in general, the purl fabric works well for this variegated yarn. Maybe some day, someone will see me wearing this sweater and love it so much that I will just give it to her!