In the midst of renovation chaos, I've finally found the time to finish my "tester sweater".
Before diving into the Tilli Tomas I decided to knit a sample sweater in a cheap yarn I had in my stash - Elann Connemara Endless Summer 100% cotton at $1.78 ea. I'm glad I did too because it sure took a lot of abuse! I doubt the Tilli could hold up.
This was a major stash buster project as I also used a bunch of stash beads. I ended up running out (and couldn't get more) of the seed beads that I used on the lace bits so I used some teeny beads I had in my stash (forgot the official name.....thus the term teeny beads). These I strung on black thread and used it as a carry along with the rest of the yarn. These beads are smaller but shine brighter than the round seed beads on the lace. It just looks like the beads glow a bit brighter around my face. :-D I really like how it came out. The clear beads against black yarn look like little diamond chips sprinkled around the collar.
I had to frog the first collar I knit because I picked up too many stitches and it ended up looking like a small cowl.
Normally I'm a size 8 sometimes 6, depending on cut and designer. I knit the medium size sweater and added length prior to starting the lace bits at both the waist and the arms. The best suggestion I'd have is to definitely take the time to try it on! See where the lace is falling and choose to knit more or not. I also added length after the lace at the waist. I definitely like longer sweaters and sleeves so I usually add length to most of my things. The one thing I wish I'd done is to knit a little bit wider of a lace panel since I'm so long waisted.
Size 7 needles gave me the larger gauge but I never was able to get the smaller gauge. I struggled with size 2's for the waist but switched to 3's for the rest and it was much easier. I did use double pointed needles for the sleeve lace. It was awkward at first but soon mastered it. Yay for new skills!
Since I'm worried about the stretch of the Tilli silk I contemplated knitting the next one in the small size but I've decided against it. I really like a looser fit and the drape of the silk will just make it that much better.
I agree with a lot of what has been said by Almndladybug and others about this sweater.
I found that I also really love this pattern. It's such a fun and interesting construction. The fact that it's seamless with very little finishing is just a dream to me. My one recommendation would be to add length. Also, despite not getting the smaller gauge, I still wouldn't consider knitting on a needle smaller than 3's.
After the Tilli I'm planning on knitting another in either Plymouth Royal or Madil Eden bamboo OR Misti Pima Cotton Silk. I think those yarns would be perfect for this. Still not sure if I'll do the purl ridges on all of them. But I do admit, I've always loved the fashions on the Jetsons.
Here are a couple of pics. A few more are on my Picture trail site. http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=12206087&uid=2462320