Cornflake Knits

March 17, 2007

FO: Seamless Hybrid Sweater

Filed under: FO 2007, Knitting, Seamless Hybrid — flakyknits @ 5:22 pm



(click for bigger)

Sorry I couldn’t get a shot of the whole thing at once… I could only get my roommate to try once, and the shot she took came out so blurry it was useless.


Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmerman’s “Percentage Sweater” recipe from Knitting Without Tears.

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (100% wool), 11 balls Sapphire Heather and 1/2 ball Lake Ice Heather

Needles: Knit Picks Options, size 8

Started: January 24 (around 3 a.m.)

Finished: February 27

Pattern Modifications:

Really, none – it’s more a recipe than a pattern anyway, so I just followed the directions. I even had, coincidentally, the perfect gauge such that for my measurements I used the 200 stitch body that she used as an example.

The only slight things I changed were:

– Provisional cast on for the turned hems, and then a joining row of K2togs around, rather than sewing the hem up later.

– Ribbed collar rather than hemmed.


This was the perfect first sweater project. I really like how it came out, and it was really easy! I did, of course, make it a little more difficult for myself by using provisional cast ons, tubular bind-off, and knitting backwards on the saddles. The knitting backwards does seem to have messed up my gauge a little bit – the shirt-yoke back was definitely baggy right off the needles, but a thorough blocking did help even it out a lot, and it looks fine when it’s on (though you can still see some of the bagginess when it’s laid out flat).


And is that a cleverly-designed construction or what? You can barely see where I grafted together the two sides, and only if you know what you’re looking for. You can also see where I messed up one of the corners… but I’m going to pretend that I don’t know that, because if I knew you could see it then I’d have to rip it out and fix it, even though I’ve already declared it done.


And the raglan\saddle shaping is great, although I think it works better for a man’s sweater. My shoulders aren’t quite broad enough to pull it off. Also, I’m not exactly a DD, but my bust does stretch the shaping out a little bit. Next time, short rows! Just a couple should give me enough room to avoid the bat wings. If you want to see this shoulder treatment knit perfectly and modeled on on a proper manly frame, check out brooklyntweed‘s sweater here.

Oh yes… and the sleeves are extra-long, and the hem hits at exactly the right place on my hips (which even my fashion-oblivious roommate noticed and complimented me on), and I love it. A whole lot. And it’s warm and cozy and perfect for the tail-end of winter.

So overall… three cheers for Elizabeth Zimmerman! I’m very pleased to declare my first-ever sweater officially finished.



  1. Looks fabulous – much much more impressive than my first sweater!

    Comment by Theresa — March 17, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

  2. It looks great. I haven’t started my first sweater yet. It’s in the works though. 🙂
    I’ve got several of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s books on my wish list.

    Comment by Trish — March 17, 2007 @ 7:24 pm

  3. It is perfect!!!!
    But what for to be tormented.
    Already for a long time all is made.
    It is possible to see here

    Comment by Juris — March 18, 2007 @ 4:02 am

  4. Wonderful JOB!

    I really need to read more about Elizabeth Zimmermann…she seems to be a genius! Love the color choice too!


    Comment by MarlyKnits — March 18, 2007 @ 11:53 pm

  5. Fantastic job!! Your knitting looks wonderful, and it’s a great color.

    Comment by Vicki — March 19, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

  6. Oooooo. Nice. I always wanted to make that sweater (I’ll remember your short rows idea when I do!) and it is nice to see that the new Knitpicks yarn works up so nicely. Good job!

    Good luck in Round #2, My Thursday is going to be hectic as well…

    Comment by Cindy — March 21, 2007 @ 10:52 am

  7. THAT is your first sweater?!? I’m so impressed! Perfect, even little stitches, perfect fit. Nice work, really!

    Comment by Jen — March 23, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

  8. It’s gorgeous. I want one!

    Comment by zoom — March 25, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

  9. […] I really want to do another EZ seamless hybrid. Maybe I’ll devise a way to seamless-hybridize the urban aran. Those sleeve cables would look […]

    Pingback by My Life in Six Words, and a new project « in Sheeps Clothing — May 11, 2008 @ 9:46 pm

  10. Gorgeous color! I love this sweater and I made one for my husband. 🙂

    Comment by Paula — November 18, 2009 @ 11:41 pm

  11. I always use circular needles [even for knitting two socks at once]; however, I got as far as adding the sleeves to EZ’s Percentage Sweater and I’m not happy. EZ calls for using a 24″ needle –for one thing, I can’t get all the stitches [190] on a 24″ needle –gauge is just over 5 sts. to 1″. Aside from that, the main problem is that I can’t knit around the sleeves no matter how much I crowd the stitches, I can’t get the needle ends far enough apart to get the tips in position to knit. I plan to try two circulars and knit as I would a single sock; i.e., knitting each side on a separate needle. The problem with that is that my ‘sweater’ needle is a wee bit larger than my other #5 needles [in the metal gauge, the one needle fills the hole, while the other #5’s are a sloppy fit], so that means the gauge for the upper sweater will be a bit different.

    So, how come everyone can else can use one circular and I can’t?

    Comment by Christy — November 28, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

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