I cast Aidez on – not Saturday morning like I had planned – but Saturday evening. I really like the pattern, it takes a little concentration at first to watch every row and every stitch, but once you’re about 1/2 way through the first pattern repeat you really get the hang of it and it goes quickly! On Ravelry with the pattern there is a photo of part of the original sweater cabled incorrectly, I’m afraid I’ve made the same mistake but I’m struggling to really tell if I have or not — which means no one else will notice and I’ll keep knitting!
I’m really happy with my yarn choice too, I am using Plymouth Select Superwash Merino which is a worsted weight yarn. Because I’m using worsted weight, I went down to a size 8 needle (from a 10 1/2) and also I’m making a size small instead of an extra small that I would normally make. Luckily, Katie has already tested this formula with her Aidez, which is beautiful!
We have a comment from Nancy who was looking for some yarn advice on this pattern, so here goes… I am thrilled with my yarn choice but if you’re unsure about changing the needle size and making a size or two larger, I’d recommend sticking with the original 10 1/2 needle with bulky weight yarn. I caught a glimpse of my sister Colleen knitting with some Malabrigo Twist this weekend — it is NICE, extremely soft and luxurious feeling. I’d highly recommend it for this sweater. Technically it’s called a heavy worsted but I think it would work really well for this sweater. For sizing, I have heard that the original pattern that the arms do run a bit snug so if you’re worried about that I would make the next size up. I’m not sure how tall you are, but Katie and I are both very petite, so we made/are making the body of the sweater shorter than the pattern recommends as well (stopping around 15″). Best of luck!