FO – Pioneer

This was a very quick knit. I stalled out at the end because I didn’t like how the scalloped neck edging came out the first time and was too tired to redo it. But I did eventually and here’s the result!

Pattern: Pioneer from Knitty.

Needles: 4mm Knitpicks.

Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, 4.2 skeins. This was a yarn I picked up in Chicago this time last year. Berroco tends to have a lot of novelty yarns but I came across some killer staple yarns by them while I was there, too. This is one of them: 50% super fine alpaca, 50% Peruvian highland wool. Needless to say, this is a very warm tshirt and I intend on wearing it as a layer in Autumn and Winter rather than a stand alone shirt in Summer.

Modifications: The only modifications I made was to re-crochet the neck edging with a 3mm hook and with a disregard for the pattern’s instructions on how many scallops to make. The result was a firm neckline that should stand up to being pulled on and off.

Like Amelia, I am a big fan of how the ribbing across the back and sides do all the shaping for me. In a way – and this does depend on the type of garment in question – I would prefer it to standard waist shaping. From a pattern writing point of view, it makes life a LOT easier!

This is a simple, straight forward pattern and I would definitely recommend it to someone who hadn’t tried the top-down all-in-one method. It is a quick knit but the resulting garment is still quite light which makes it perfect for layering. Thumbs up from me!

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