Nice, what a lovely color choice! I have to say I feel completely the opposite about toe-up socks - I made one pair top-down a loooong time ago and HATED them and the process and the heel flap, everything about them, but a couple months ago I decided to give socks another try with the Baudelaire pattern and loved it! I waited a while until I made the second one out of laziness, but it definitely went faster than the first one (about twice as fast, I think) so hang in there!
I am at the point where the sleeve portion is long enough to match the circumference of my upper arm. The pattern says to put the sleeves on waste yarn and then finish the rest of the sweater.
Can I finish off the sleeves first instead and put the rest of the sweater on waste yarn....I don't see why it can't be done this way but if not please let me know....I would hate to mess up at this point! I would rather finish off the sleeves first and then do the rest as I am not sure how long I want mine to be yet and am fast running out of yarn....I might wing it...
I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to do that, except that its gong to be easier to move the smaller number of sleeve stitches to waste yarn than the very large number of stitches that make up the body.
I ran out of yarn binding off the ruffles for the last sleeve (darn ruffles!). I used a piece of orange yarn to finish it off and surprisingly, I hardly notice it.
Here is my finished version - I rounded the edges a bit (or tried to wing it and then aggressively blocked it into a rounded shape) and lengthened the sleeves, adding a peplum ruffle from knitting on the edge.
I loved it so much I wore it pretty much every day for two weeks, and I think my coworkers thought I was insane...
It's two skeins of worsted weight malabrigo loro barranquero, and it was glorious to knit. It's pretty much my favorite thing ever.
Wow that's beautiful! When I saw it in knitty it just didn't seem my style, but your version is so ... I don't know, silky? It just seems much nicer to wear, I guess. Totally excellent "going out" top - and now I need to make one. Great job!
I'm actually making this sweater for my boyfriend right now, in the called for yarn to make gauging easier on myself. I have made many sweaters, and here is my advice to you:
1) The intarsia for this sweater is only on the wrist part of the sleeves, making it pretty easy to change around. Just figure out how many stitches you have to play with and I think a triforce would fit fine. One of the nice things about this sweater is the raglan fit, so if you make the front and back and discover its a little short/long for your boyfriend, you can alter the sleeve width at the top for a fit.
2) I'm sure if you search the boards you can find a triforce chart - but like I said, since you will have a very specific number of stitches around the sleeve you might want to try and make your own. Look up knitting graph paper, I'm pretty sure if you know your gauge you can print out a picture onto a graph that can then immediately be translated into knitting.
3)ssk - I have trouble explaining this without visuals, but here goes. Put your needle in the next stitch as if to knit, but slip it to the right needle. Do this again to the next stitch. Now you have two stitches on the right needle that have been slipped. Take the left hand needle and put it through both stitches from the right side, then wrap the yarn between and knit the two slipped stitches into one stitch. It is strange at first, it feels like knitting backwards, but all it does is knit 2 together so they slant in the other direction from the standard k2tog.
4) every other row, repeat the decrease row the number of times needed for the size you are making, and you should end up with x number of stitches, based on the size you are making, pretty much decrease 2 every row at the ends until you have the called for number of stitches left.
5) My boyfriend is pretty much a store size medium, so I am making him the medium as written. Based on the back so far, it looks like it will fit him just right, so I would say it depends on what size your boyfriend usually wears. The mock ribbing at the bottom of the sweater helps it to stretch horizontally but also not be too loose, so if he likes his clothes baggy (my boyfriend does not) make him one size bigger.
Just keep checking it against him - my boyfriend is so much bigger than me it took FOREVER to make the back - just so much more fabric to make to cover him! You don't want to get to the end of a side and discover its freakishly long or wide or totally mis-proportioned.