The last project I finished to bring along on the honeymoon was definitely the most time-consuming: a stranded pullover knit on 1s. It was completely worth all the effort, though.
It’s Paper Dolls, with a few modifications, obviously. But before we get into that, eeeee I’m so happy with how it turned out! It really is a fantastic, basic sweater pattern, and easy to tweak and change to your own style. Initially, I was a little grumpy with myself for combining two patterns that I paid for separately into one project, but I already have pretty set plans for a second PD, so I think it’ll all work out. (The stranded pattern is lifted from the Brocade Socks. I thought it would give the pullover a sort of architectural look, and while that didn’t really happen, I love it all the same.)
I only worked on it off and on, which helped keep the stockinette section from getting too old (it did go on forever, though). The few modifications I made, in addition to the obvious, were mainly in reducing the amount of contrast color: shortening the bi-color ribbing to an inch and a half, and removing the two thin stranded patterns surrounding the main pattern. The latter was also for aesthetic reasons, but I was really paranoid about running out of yarn. I used Sundara’s October 2011 colorways, Portobello and Porcini Mushroom (how perfect for Italy, right?), so I very much could not run out and buy more if the need arose. I now, of course, have half a ball left, but that’s life. It will probably appear in the second PD.
Yep, absolutely knitting another one of these.