Foyle’s Pullover from Customfit by Amy Herzog delivers on the promise of a sweater that will take me to the grocery store, on a hike, to work, to the library. But wait, I work in a library and I frequently walk to work! This sweater has been my go-to sweater this January on the coldest of days. (I could walk to the grocery as well, but usually have more to carry home than I am willing to tote).
I was sold on the Clara Yarn Shetland 1.0 when it came out last year. A dk weight, it knits up easily. 100% Shetland wool, it proves to be remarkably soft, but I do wear a cotton knit shirt underneath, not only because of the lace “Arches” pattern, but also because there is scratchiness. I think that is more than made up for by the toasty warmth of the fiber.
This was my first pattern written by Customfit from the measurements I supplied. The pattern was true to my specifications and the instructions were clear and concise. I followed the option to knit it flat and after seaming the shoulders and the side seams, I worked the set-in sleeves top-down with short rows. For this part, I followed the instructions from Kristenlynnea‘s Knitionary blog post “The Perfect Fit:Sleeves”. One other item about the fit had me curious. Amy puts waist darts in the back of this pattern, but not in the front. I’ve noticed a bit of excess fabric in the fack of many of my sweaters and perhaps this would solve that problem. Unfortunately, I made the sweater with a slightly loose fit, so the back is still not fitted the way I guess Amy intended. In fact, if I were to make another, I would shorten it and go for a close fit.
All in all, the Customfit process seems a great way to order a pattern that is designed for you. Give one a try, being sure that you submit true measurements and that you have carefully considered what kind of fit you want.