Galaxie by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

September kicked my butt…so it seems the best time to catch up and review the Galaxie sweater that I finished ages ago. (I’ve just checked Ravelry…I completed this on 20th October last year. This review is very overdue.)

Galaxie – the pattern

I loved Galaxie the minute I set eyes on it. I love the cropped sleeve, the draped shape and the ribbed panel up the side. I also really like the neckline on the model. I’ll revisit that later.

I didn’t find this the most straightforward knit despite it’s simple shape. The increases the designer uses for the raglan shaping absolutely threw me. At one point you’re increasing every round and they looked awful. I have a friend who has knit this pattern and she had the same problem.

But it took me several attempts to work this out!

We swapped them for a simple “knit front and back into the same stitch” increase and everything was cool. It was then a lovely knit, and I really didn’t want it to end

The yarn – Quince and Co Finch

Oh this yarn. It is so beautiful to knit with. I chose the colourway “Stream” and this pale blue is so perfect for me. I get complements every time I wear it.

After a year of wear the surface texture is not as smooth, but it’s still very wearable. I think that’s the trade off for soft yarns and I put the electric shaver to work periodically to keep it looking ok.

That said, this also gets a lot of wear. It’s my only jumper at the moment so as the weather turns cooler, it’s either this or a Blackwood cardigan.

That’s not a bad problem to have!

The neckline

Apart from the increases, the only other thing I would change on this pattern, were I to knit it again, is the neckline.

I am really short necked and this neckline sits a little high on me, and as a result the ribbing flips over. I also find myself fiddling with it on occasion.

I’m knitting Baldric at the moment, and that has short row shaping at the back neckline, so the front and back are shaped differently. I think this will sit better on me, and am looking forward to putting that theory to the test.

Yay or Nay

Despite my niggles with the pattern, I do love this sweater. And if your neck is more elegant than mine, the neckline shouldn’t be a problem for you. That’s just personal preference.

This is definitely a sweater that I would recommend. It’s casually elegant and very wearable, and wear it I do.

So that is a resounding Yay! from me!

7 Responses to Galaxie by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

  1. K-Line says:

    You look beautiful in these photos. The colour of the sweater is perfect on you! Also, I think everyone benefits from the short row back neckline. Whenever I don’t do it, I have issues – for me the bust goes wonky cuz I’m really short from collar bone to centre bust and narrow in that short space above my boobs. It gets wrinkly. I also find that making the ribbing tight (like going down an extra needle size) and doing a few extra rows (counter intuitive for short neck) keeps the neckline optimally snugged in place. That lengthens the line of the neck, IMO.

    • Evie says:

      Thank you *blushes*

      Short rows are definitely the way forwards! And I like that tip about the neckline. I’ll give that a go.

      This colour is gorgeous. I was at Yarndale at the weekend and some Erica Knight yarn in an identical colour leapt into my basket!

  2. Tialys says:

    I can’t decide which I like best – the sweater or the umbrella 😉

  3. Kristin says:

    I just came across Erica Knight yarn at that amazing Mtl store I’ve been spending all of my money at, online. I’ve not been able to touch it in person – tell me what it’s like!

    • Evie says:

      Beautifully soft. Gorgeous colours. Can’t wait to get it on the needles. Feels smooth and has the kind of twist that doesn’t look like it’s going to be splitty. I’ve seen garments in it and it has the right amount of drape and fabulous stitch definition. I’m very much looking forward to knitting with it!

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