A couple of years ago, I got it into my head that I needed to knit myself an Elle Melle; I’d so loved the one I knit for M, both the knitting of it and the look of the finished sweater, and I wanted one in grey and black. I had nearly finished it, and then it got buried under other things and I didn’t rediscover it until recently, while trying to reorganize things after our move. It turned out that all it needed was to have the ends woven in, and to be blocked, and then to have a zipper installed. So now, thanks mostly to the efforts of 2-years-ago me, I have a finished sweater!
Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: Elle Melle, with math to make it a 36″ sweater
Yarn: Classic Elite Mohawk, which had a TON of breaks in it :(
Needles: Size 2 and size 4
Time to knit: Ha! Well, if we go from start to finish, two full years, but it was buried under other stuff for the vast majority of that time.
I can see why I set it aside at the point I did – there were a LOT of ends to weave in, because the Mohawk yarn had a ton of breaks in it. It almost seemed to have been nicked by a box cutter or something; it was a rather frustrating experience, and made me wish that I’d gone with my first intuition and knit it with Beaverslide Sport/Sock. But I’d wanted to try a new-to-me yarn, and it is a very nice, warm sweater now that it’s done.
The other reason I let it linger was that I was really dreading putting a zipper in. It just intimidated me! It took me most of the afternoon and evening yesterday, but I did it!
My stitches weren’t the most beautiful – it’s really freaking hard to see what you’re doing when you’re sewing on a black zipper to a black zipper facing with black thread! But look, it’s a functional zipper!
I’m really quite proud of my first successful zipper installation! M has requested a zipper on her Octopus Yoke cardigan, so I’m also glad I got a chance to practice on this sweater!
Another detail I really like is the short-rowed collar. It was too cold to try to take pictures without a cowl, but I think you can still see the angled neckline here:
As much as I love the look of Elle Melle, I don’t think raglans are the most flattering style of sweater for me; I’m really broad shouldered but otherwise petite, and raglans seem to amplify the broadness of my shoulders while making the rest of me look boxier than I am. But I do think this is a going to be a cute sweater to wear.
It turns out to be mighty difficult to get good photos of a sweater when it’s just you and your self-timer, on a cold snowy day. But the snow did make a nice background!
The hardest is getting a photo of your own back with just a self-timer. This was the best I could do, and it’s not quite in-focus. Oh well!
All-in-all, I’m pretty darned pleased with how this turned out! Hooray for Elle Melle!