For about a year now I have the yarn for a sweater I promised to knit for a friend... However I never knitted a full sweater out of Lima, nor did I knit a sweater for her, and combined the two above conition kind of makes me a bit nervous... though a well sized swatch could solve the problem...
Also, ever sice DROPS came out with its fall collection I wanted to knit the Joyride sweater. The DROPS Alpaca party sales gave me the perfect opportunity to do both at the same time. I exchanged a few words with jelloknits on Ravelry, who knitted the sweater version out of Lima, who told me that the gauge of Karisma and Lima is close enough so I do not have to recalculate the whole thing, just follow the pattern. Hurray, that is what I did... almost. I wouldn't be me, if I completely leave akove a pattern, now, would I? Colors are slightly changed, partly because the slightly different selection of Lime, partly due to my preferences. Red instead of dark rose for the edges, and no yellow, only orange.
However, the changes are small, and yet again due to my preferences and not because of the inadquacies of the pattern I found it strange that in the pattern the body is knitted straight up, only increase for breast. I like a more defined waistline, so I started with more stitches, decreased at the sides, until I got to the amount of stitches at the waist line I was supposed to beginn with and then increased according to the pattern, only a tiny it faster rate (less rows between increases).
The other thing I changed the sleeve edges. I loved the small patterning at the sleeves, however wide cuffs are grown onto me, they kind of became my trademarks. So I knitted the red edging longer and did the transition patter after about 15 cm-s.
And the details:
Pattern: DROPS Joyride
Yarn: DROPS Lime (have I mentioned, just how much I love Lima? I loved its big siter Nepal too, but the slightly thinner Lima is just as great.
Needles: 3 mm for garter stitch, 3.5 mm for stockinett and 4 mm for the patterning.
Photoes: Cristopher Laurent Deli.