I’ve dilly-dallied enough… it’s time to start my Papaya Sweater!
I’ve made my choices, I’ve bought the pattern, and I’ve put everything I need in one of my big project bags.
All that’s left is to start!
And to tell you about it.
OK. If you remember, I found a big bag of Knit Picks wool of the Andes Sport in my closet a couple weeks ago. It turned out to be 11 skeins of this super cheerful pinkish-orange, called Papaya.It’s totally cheerful, and totally not a color I would normally pick, but here we are. I’ve decided to give it a go and make a lovely, cheerful sweater to wear during the gray days of Seattle winters.
I was hemming and hawing about which pattern to go with, but I think I’ve decided on one. It’s a simple, oversized, open-front cardigan that looks insanely cozy and totally pretty. It’s the Loana Cardigan by Julia Egger!
It’s a simple, seamless, top-down raglan, knit at a slightly-larger-than-usual gauge to create lovely, drapey fabric. My favorite part of the sweater is the oversized lapels, which are knit wide, to droop artistically when you wear it. Or, you could add a shawl pin or button if you wanted to have a cute, closed sweater with an asymmetrical front. Totally adorable!I don’t have quite as much yarn as the pattern calls for (I’m shy about 100 yards for the size I’ll be making), but I don’t think that really matters. I’ll make a point to get the arms all finished before I work on the bottom part of the sweater, that way, I’ll be able to get every last inch out of my yarn.
I’m also toying with the idea of adding a lacy panel or some cables down the back of the sweater or along the lapels, otherwise that’s a lot of stockinette. But, I’m not sure if I’ll go that route yet. I can always rip back and add them in later. Or, I might just keep it simple. Even if they’re not the most fun to knit, it’s my simplest sweaters that get the most use, if I’m being honest.
What do you think? Should I add something fancy, or keep it sleek and simple?
(Oh, and if you were worried, Ollie’s feeling much better! He’s snoozing on the back porch in the sun as we speak!)