This is Mandel, knit in Madelinetosh Silk Merino, colorway Coal Seam. I can see in the photos where I should have alternated skeins, but it is totally not visible in real life.
This was the first pattern by this designer I’ve knit. It took me a little bit to get used to the pattern layout but once I did I loved it. The skills involved for this sweater aren’t that advanced, but the pattern is definitely not written for novices. My past sweater knitting experience helped me out a lot here.
I was going to say I made not modifications, but that’s not totally true. The pattern has you do a fake “seam” down the sides and on the arms, but I just couldn’t keep straight which row of the seam pattern I was supposed to be knitting – it was a slip 1, next round ktbl kind of thing. So I did the usual – put a locking stitch marked right in the center of the underarms, a few rounds past where I separated the sleeves. When I got to the hem part, I dropped that stitch all the way back to the marker, then laddered it back up with a crochet hook, first picking up one strand, then two – AKA the Elizabeth Zimmermann fake seam.