I had 2 false starts before getting going and my gauge still didn't match the pattern. I decided to wing it. It feels like I have been knitting this forever, although I have made decent progress. As I knitted the main part of the body (below the armpits) in the round, that section seemed interminable. It feels like progress is slow when knitting a sweater in the round, but once that part was complete, knitting in the flat felt so much quicker, even though I had to tackle fairisle in purl.
I've knitted fairisle before but I've found this pattern particularly trying. The linear sections are fine and my tensions is even, but on the flower-like bits, you have to carry the coloured yarn along the back of the pale blue and I have really struggled with making this neat.
Here, the darkest blue flowers above the rib are knit too tightly while the ones above are maybe a little loose. I'm hoping blocking will help. A lot.
It didn't help that that sleeve pattern look distinctly suspect to me:
What do you think? The rib of the sleeve goes along the bottom here - with the little section at the top forming the 'puff' at the top of the sleeve. But the shape decreases so sharply I don't see how it could possibly create the nice narrow sleeve in the pattern picture. So, I've gone my own way with that too, with one sleeve knitted so far.
I feel like I'm more or less making this pattern up as I go along, staying only within the bounds of the pattern repeat and using the pattern photo for reference. I can't face having to rip out anything I've knit as fairisle takes so long, and I'm reasonably confident I can produce something that looks like a jumper.
Do you ever disobey the pattern and go rogue? It's a new thing for me, but sometimes you just need to call shenanigans on your pattern and use your intuition!