Sunday, March 20, 2022

Ondawa Sweater


I am slowly documenting some sewing and knitting projects I made over the last year or so. I had a pretty intense 2021 as I completed my PhD and (actually, finally) got a job. I'm excited to get back to documenting my makes.


Last spring a friend and I decided to knit a sweater at the same time (in knit-along fashion). We chose the Ondawa Sweater by Michele Wang. The pattern is graded up to 65" at the bust. I knit the size 34-36" with some additional modifications I'll talk about below. My Ravelry project page can be found here. 


I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca in the color "Peat Mix." Overall, this yarn hand washes well, comes in a huge range of colors, and is pretty affordable (total cost for me for 6 skeins was $61.20). It is, however, a bit scratchy directly next to the skin. 


I *LOVED* knitting this sweater, though having some company while I did it definitely helped push me to finish line quicker. The cable pattern in easy to memorize, the instructions are very clear, and this sweater definitely has a more "professional" look to it that I think really elevates it (and makes me want to wear it more).

I wasn't super sold on the straight boatneck, however, so I added some short row shaping. For the front piece, I did five rows of twisted rib, then did 3 pairs of short rows at each shoulder, incorporating 7 more stitches each time toward the middle. This makes a pretty linear decrease down toward the center neck stitches. 

I also modified for full-length sleeves and split hem. 

Final Thoughts

This is my most-worn hand-knit sweater to date, which says A LOT. I am in love with it even almost a year after finishing. 

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