I decided that as much as I loved the sweater I would have to abandon it.BUT I couldn't do it, I HAD to have that sweater so I went to my LYS and bought some wool yarn that I have knitted with before and like a lot. Shepherd's Wool by Stonehedge Fiber Mills. Its a soft Merino and should hold its shape. I also decided to change my needle from size 8 to size 7 after measuring, I think I was knitting it too loose. Then I decided, I just couldn't redo that border. I can't do it again...800+ stitches......until I realized I could probably do it on the machine. So I got out my LK 150 and spent half a day recreating that border pattern.
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I'm now up to row 100 on the LK 150 and the results are great! I must say, this pattern looks good from both sides. Once the million rows are finished, I will turn it on its side and knit on another million stitches and start knitting circular which can't be done on the LK 150 but that's ok. You are working your way down from lots and lots of stitches to around 17 stitches so every time you decrease evenly around you are working with less stitches, quite a bonus I think.
I also think this pattern would be great as a peplum on the bottom of a pullover (with quite a few less rows of course). See the pretty scallop?
I'm working furiously with the machine part of this sweater because I want to get it onto my HK needles. I like to have something to HK in the evenings while I'm watching TV or traveling around. MK is for day time for me these days.
What will I do with the tons of cotton/rayon yarn I bought? I'm thinking it would be a super yarn to use for something like a bolero. It can easily be machine knitted and its really a nice yarn for a smaller garment.