I’ve made it through the tricky part (as far as this sweater has a tricky part; it’s exceptionally simple). The shoulders look great, and I made it to the arm/body split, otherwise known as the armpit.
From now on, it’s basically straight stockinette down to the extra-long hem (unless I get really antsy and try doing something fancy).
I want this sweater to be as long as I can possibly make it, so I’m going to do a couple inches (probably to the end of this skein) on the body, then switch over and finish off the sleeves. That way, I can work to the very last inch of the very last skein to make the rest of the body. (We all know how well my last game of yarn chicken went… let’s hope this one works out a little better.)I really like how this sweater is turning out- I keep thinking of outfits it would be perfect with. But, I have a while to go before I get to take this bad boy off my needles. I just need to buckle down and turn into a real knitting machine.
Have you been working on any marathon projects lately?
I just had a gorgeous (if I say so my self), simple, cozy pattern published through Knit Picks, and available to all of you lovely folks for free!
Introducing: The 15th Street Wrap!This wrap is essentially a massive scarf, worked in seed stitch with extra-bulky yarn. (It’s super easy and goes super fast!) I love the colorblocking- the big swathes of each color are modern and un-fussy.
I love the blues they used for the example, but this wrap would also be lovely in creamy browns, or dreamy grays. Or, maybe you could do a neutral background (grays and whites), with a pop of bright yellow or magenta on one end! I could spend all day putting color palettes together!This shawl would be a fantastic Chrsitmas present. It’s massive and impressive-looking, but takes next to no time to work up. Throw a couple movies on TV, and you’ll be making headway before you know it!
Want to work up the 15th Street Wrap? The pattern is available here for free!
It seems that virtually every design I’ve been working on lately is just packet to the brim with cables. Big cables, little cables, simple cables, compound cables. Cables going down sleeves, cables running up the fronts of sweaters. Wide cables, narrow cables, and ones in-between.I’ve made cables with extra-fine sock yarn, and massively bulky yarn. In soft cashmere and utilitarian wool.Cables occupy that perfect space in-between cozy/casual and fancy/embellished. They’re sporty, yet warm. Comfy, but classy. They can be dressed up or dressed down (or, if it’s possible) dressed side to side.I don’t just love the finished products, either. There’s nothing more satisfying than breaking out my cable needle and carefully forming an intricate twist. (Even when I mess up, it’s OK. Figuring out how the cable goes back together is half the fun!)Do you have a particular favorite technique? Or, do you agree with me that cables are the best?