I know- it’s crazy, but I’ve another new sweater for you! Exciting!
This one’s feels pretty on the nose for me, as it’s just starting to get cooler out, and I’m dreaming of getting into the thick of fall. And there’s nothing that says “autumn” to me better than a thick, cabled, over-sized wool sweater. (Though, honestly, this is really more of a “deep winter” sweater if you’re a normal person, and not a cold-blooded lizard person like me. My husband tried it on and managed maybe five minutes before he started to overheat.)
It’s the Olympic Pullover!It’s named after the Olympic Peninsula, the gorgeous part of Washington between the Puget sound and the Pacific Ocean. It’s full of lush forests, misty coastline and snowy peaks. (And it’s where Twilight was based, if that gives you an idea. Though I imagine that people that live over there don’t love that reference.) It’s the perfect place to traipse around in a woolly cabled pullover.This sweater is beyond simple- dropped shoulders mean almost no shaping, and everything’s worked in pieces and sewn up, so it would make nice travel knitting. Plus, the cables look super-complicated, but once you get them established, they’re pretty simple.
You can get a copy of the pattern here, or grab the whole collection (highly recommended- there’s some great sweaters in here!) here.
And this one’s a little out of my usual wheelhouse, because:
It’s a fingering-weight sweater worked on US3’s. Why? Because I’m a crazy person.
It’s colorwork! I love how colorwork looks, but all things being equal, I think I’m more of a cables person. I love a big squishy sweater. (OK, I love making a big cabled sweater. I’d wear either in a heartbeat.)
Anyway, without further ado, let me introduce the Piper’s Creek Pullover!It’s a long-sleeved yoked pullover, made with Palette yarn from Knit Picks (though you could use really any fingering-weight wool). It uses at least 7 (count em) different colors (great for using up leftover scraps!), but could be easily modified to use as many colors as you have on hand. I made mine for my husband with a gray background and blue, red and yellow details. It’s a great unisex sweater, and a fun, simple knit (assuming you don’t mind miles of US3 stockinette).
I will say one thing though- the neck on the sample in these pictures ended up kind of funny, so if you want to make a Piper’s Creek Pullover (which I highly recommend), here’s what I would do to avoid the weird neck. First, make sure that you’re only doing the number of short rows called for in the pattern, or maybe even reduce the number by one or two, just in case. Second, make sure to work the colorwork nice and loosely (tight shoulders will make the neck funnel up, like it is in the pictures). And third, make sure to block the sweater so the neck goes nice and smoothly into the shoulders. Worst case scenario, if the neck ends up terrible even with all those precautions, you can always rip it out from the top down (or cut it out), pick up your neck stitches and work the neck and collar that you prefer after the sweater’s done. (Though, that seems like a lot of work…)
Want to pick up a copy? Grab the Piper’s Creek Pullover pattern here! Or get the whole Palette collection here!
Are any of you guys sewers (er… sew-ers? Sewists? People who sew)? Have I got a dishcloth for you!
It’s the Unspooled Dishcloth! It’s a super-cute dishcloth worked in the shape of a spool of thread.
It’s super simple, and really versatile. The “spool” part is worked in seed stitch, and the “thread” is worked with garter stitch. I think this would be a fun way to use up scraps of yarn (rainbow thread!) or a great variegated (variegated thread!), or just use your favorite color. How cute would a whole set of these be with matching spools, and coordinating thread colors?
And best of all, the pattern is free! Head on over to Knit Picks to pick up your copy!