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!
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!