FO and Pattern: Arm Candy

Well, folks, time to ring in the new year. And what better way than with a new sweater?

Pattern: Arm Candy (rav link)

Yarn: Sundara Aran Silky Merino, color Wild Blueberries

Time Elapsed: A couple of weeks to knit

Notes: I knit the pattern as written (aside from lengthening the body for my super-long torso). But what a perfect place to share notes about the pattern with you! So here goes.

Arm Candy is a figure-conscious V neck with seed stitch and button trim details. The elbow-length sleeves, princess seam waist shaping, and deep V are flattering on a variety of body types. This pattern works well for the bustier among us, and it is a cinch to add more (or less) shaping. The pattern includes notes on fit and suggestions for how to alter for different body types.

I’ve written this up in 7 sizes, from 32″ to 50″ in the bust. I think it looks best with 0″ ease in the bust, and 1-2″ positive ease in the waist. I’d suggest altering the shaping to ensure this–perhaps by eliminating the waist shaping in the front, while leaving it in the back. This gives a nice curve behind without making the sweater too clingy in the front, which is one of the things I love most about shaping with princess seams.

It works dressed up for work or down for play and looks gorgeous in fancy, hand-painted yarns. I’ve knit it (and the uber-talented splityarn photographed it) in Sundara Aran Silky Merino, but your favorite aran or worsted weight yarn will look divine, too. (This is probably an appropriate place to say that all images in this post are copyright splityarn 2009, and for the love of pete please don’t take them without her express permission.)

This is the latest installment in my design quest to use up my stash while enhancing my work wardrobe. So far, I’m loving it. And I hope you do too!

20 thoughts on “FO and Pattern: Arm Candy

  1. I LOVE it! The red button really pops against that gorgeous blue.

  2. It’s beautiful, and a perfect color for you! Did you have to alternate skeins on this one?

  3. Gorgeous, Amy! Love the pop of orange on the arm, too. And what pretty pictures.

  4. it’s beautiful. i love the contrasting buttons!

  5. It’s looking gorgeous – as do you in those pics!

    The little details are perfect. In the neckline and the arm cuffs, the variegated yarn really showcases the seed stitch and the distinct seams – am betting you have a winner here 🙂

  6. It’s so pretty! That colour is great too -it really suits you. The waist shaping is perfect – such a lovely wearable sweater!

  7. it looks so great, amy! congratulations on a great new pattern 🙂 i still haven’t managed to photograph mine, but hopefully soon! happy new year!

  8. This is beautiful and looks gorgeous on you. Great job, oh, and a PERFECT color.

  9. It is beautiful! (and you are gorgeous in these photos). Congrats!

  10. Fantastic! Can’t wait to post mine:)

  11. Lovely !!!
    And simple 🙂 Simple is beautiful.

  12. Thats so pretty and lovely yarn colour too!

  13. It looks really good on you! The yarn is gorgeous and I agree with everyone that the little red buttons are really giving it a special touch!

  14. Congratulations on a beautiful design. Love that it’s good work attire!

  15. Love how well the pattern fits & the colour is especially lovely on you! The red buttons add a bit of a ‘cheeky’ touch 🙂

  16. Really, really gorgeous. Makes me want to learn to knit. 😉

  17. Look at you go! Fun design.

  18. Gorgeous! The buttons are the perfect touch.

  19. Looks amazing! I love the red buttons!

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