Not as I do. Knit a gauge swatch. Wash and block it. Then cast on and knit your sweater. I didn’t do any of this.
And I still ended up with a fantastic sweater that fits and looks pretty good. I love it! The yarn, Cascade superwash sport was very nice to work with though it really grew a lot when I blocked it. The sleeves alone grew a good 3 inches. The pattern, Topeka, is very well written. I will knit another one or more. I used some of the hints on Ravelry and they worked out really well except for the button placement. I ended up with 11 buttons instead of the 7 I should have. I like the look though. The one thing that really helped more than anything else was the Knit to Flatter class I took on Craftsy. I took all the measurements that Amy suggests and then made the sweater to my shape.
As happy as I am with my sweater I am sad to see Camp Loopy 2013 come to an end. I really enjoyed having a plan for knitting set out for me and I ended up with three finished items that I really love. Next summer I plan to participate in Camp Loopy 2014. I hope you’ll consider joining in.
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