I've been lucky to test knit this beautiful pullover for Erica Smith (ericacanknit on Ravelry). This is my second time test knitting for her and must say I wasn't disappointed. She has such a great designing style and eye for details, and her patterns are always well written and easy to follow.
Apogee pullover is very lightweight without being flimsy. It is knitted in pieces from bottom up, so there's quite a lot of seaming to be done at the end of it all. The side seams actually are the most interesting part of this design as they diagonal as opposed to normal vertical seams. As hard as I tried, photographing them was pretty impossible - the one time the seams are actually supposed to show I manage pull off my best job seaming ever! Also the dark blue color I chose for this pullover makes the details less prominent. But look at the two photos below, I have highlighted the seam in the bottom photo so maybe that makes it easier to spot the detail I'm talking about.
I could also have chosen a smaller size as my pullover turned a bit bigger and more relaxed than I intended. I still love it though.
This was my first time using Holst Garn's newest yarn, Tides which is a blend of wool and silk (70/30 ratio). It has a subtle tweedy quality with spots of lighter shade of blue as well as a bit of a rustic feel to it. I really liked knitting with it and have already ordered more in two more colorways (pearl and raven). Also, I can't get over how swoonworthy this shade of blue is! It's just perfect. Deep and rich. One more thing, it's surprisingly warm for a fingering weight yarn and despite being lightweight, the pullover is still enough to be worn on these cold Finnish winter days.
Pattern: Apogee by Erica Smith
Yarn: Holst Garn Tides, in nightshade
Needles: 3.5mm and 4.0mm