This pattern, The Opulent Raglan, has proven to me that top down seamless raglan sweaters are all I ever want to knit for myself. Ever.
This beauty came together in 5 days. FIVE DAYS! It is aran yarn on size 8's, but still. I just LOVED knitting it. I tried it on every step of the way to make sure the waist shaping was right and the decreases in the arm were working for me.
You may notice that it's missing the puffy arm thing ( I wanted to be able to wear this sweater without dragging the arm in my soup. hehe) and I also made it a touch shorter than in the pattern photo. I like this length on me that just brushes the top of my hips because I think it's flattering.
The edge detailing used in the pattern is really pretty. You knit your desired length and then knit a purl row, then knit in stockinette for about inch or so. The material naturally folds at the purl row and you can tack the inch of stockinette under like a hem. It's so pretty on the bottom and on the arms.
And the yarn... Lord have mercy the yarn.... it is Heaven. Sundara Silky Merino, 50% silk, 50% merino wool, and it is so incredibly warm and soft. I can't stop touching my sweater! It's a single ply, which from what I hear will pill, so I have to be careful about shaving it when it does. I also haven't blocked it yet, which I'm scared to do because at $32 a skein this sweater is worth over $100 in yarn alone. I'm so SO lucky that my friend Hope gifted me this yarn! It's SO gorgeous and I certainly don't feel worthy!!