I've finished my modified version of Norah Gaughan's Caftan Pullover, as I planned, in time for Spring. The weather has certainly cooperated by providing a beautiful spring day with the beginnings of green everywhere.
explained earlier, I was concerned about having to sew the split together. I hated to leave out all the pretty cabling and motifs, but I wanted a sweater I would wear comfortably. It is totally comfortable, and not without some nice details. The Ultra Silk yarn is wonderful for cables and seed stitch. I used a size 9 needle. My gauge was perhaps a fraction of a stitch too large, but I got too small a gauge on the size 8s.
I followed the instructions exactly on sleeve length, although I had my doubts. It isn't perfect, but I've decided it is close enough. I much prefer too long to too short.
If I hadn't modified the bell sleeves to tapered ones, I'd have wanted them to be bracelet-length, as in the pattern picture. I narrowed the cuffs as much as I could and still have the motif nicely centered, then increased as I went up to make them 13" wide at the bind-offs. I don't usually need them that wide, but I followed the schematic on that after I saw how tight they are on the model's upper arms. She must be much taller and larger boned than I am. I have long arms, so it worked out, but I think only a very tall person would need the 18" sleeves.
Probably the shoulders slide down a bit more than they should, making the sleeves longer. I thought I'd try a three-needle bind-off there, since the seaming would show in this yarn. The problem is, the bound-off shoulder seam is much more stretchy than a sewn one. I may reinforce it there with some crochet, it I can find some yarn to do it in. Ultra Silk is so stretchy, it would not provide much reinforcement.
One last look at that front motif. I'll use this photo to update my Ravelry page for this project. I have one there of the motif before the sweater was finished. It looks very much the same, but there's loose ends showing because it wasn't seamed together yet.
This leaves me with only one unfinished project, my mitered jacket in Wooly Stripes Tweed. It's hibernating, trying to decide if it should be a sweater or an afghan, and there it will stay.
Clearing the decks by finishing up old things is a good way to start Spring.