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That’s my Aleita Shell.  I would say I’m about 2/3 done, though this last part certainly requires a lot of concentration.  There are a lot of “at the same time” instructions — so you’re decreasing on some alternate rows and on different alternate rows you’re increasing, all the while maintaining that ribbing.

When planning projects, I need to remember that I’m not a huge fan of knitting garments on less than worsted weight yarn.  (This is City Tweed DK.)  It takes awhile!  And since I’m a loose knitter, I’m using size 3’s.  Oy!  On the other hand, less bulky yarn may make for a more flattering fit.  We shall see…

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I do want to thank the lovely designer, Bonne Marie, for replying to a question I posted on a Ravelry group.  (I got hung up on that overlap — I “over”-thought it!)  Even though the question was posed for other knitters of this vest, Bonne Marie herself replied, which I thought was so generous.  And once she explained it, I was back on my way!

Speaking of designing, I’m thinking more and more about attempting to create my own version of that Boden sweater.  Wouldn’t it be cool if I could create it and get a pattern out there in the knitting universe?  What’s tripping me up, though, is the prospect of multiple sizes.  That is, I am confident I could create a similar sweater to fit me.  And if I’m going to go to all that work, I might as well actually write up a pattern for others.  But figuring out the numbers for multiple sizes seems really complicated.  I’ve reviewed a few tutorials online.  But yikes…  Thoughts?

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