Just a Sweater

//Just a Sweater

Just a Sweater

Stripe Sweater Knitting

This new sweater that came off my needles last month was an absolute selfish project. I was burning out at work and wanted to just feel the stitches forming in my hands, without planning, without following any instructions, plain straightforward knitting. You know that I am not a big color knitter, but these earthly shades have been fascinating me since March 2017 – you can read the yarn review here – Earthly Shades. If you remember those are leftovers from projects for my book – Add One Stitch Knitting, and I knew I wanted to put them to use, they are just too good not to be turned into something wearable. Yarn was so easy and fast to work with, exactly what I needed.

Stripe Sweater Knitting

The only plan I had before casting on is to create wide stripes, I love how they look, it is easier to switch between the stripes and there are not that many threads to be weaved in after you are done. Plus it gave me a better idea how much yarn each stripe was consuming, so I wouldn’t have to play the yarn chicken game at the end.

Stripe Sweater Knitting

The sweater has an oversize fit, and is knit using a simple top down yoke construction. I absolutely love this green shade, so I moved it closer to my face, because I know this color works great with my eyes, the rest was just improvisation. The idea to throw in a blue shade was out of necessity as I realized I wouldn’t make it with the pink yarn. I LOVE how it turned out.

Stripe Sweater Knitting

My favorite detail that only knitters will notice is the contrasting chain running along the neckline that mirrors the color of the sleeves and the hem ribbing. I killed two birds here – trimmed the neckline and added a contrast. You can find a step-by-step tutorial of this technique here – How To Trim a Neckline In Sweaters. After trimming I finished it with a 2 st i-cord.

Stripe Sweater Knitting

That was a great therapy knitting project that reminded me how much I love what I do and how important it is to me to keep doing that no matter how busy my life gets. Amazing what “just a sweater” can do.

Have a wonderful day today! And keep doing what you love and love what you are doing!


By | 2019-08-08T07:10:23+00:00 August 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|10 Comments


  1. Lisa August 8, 2019 at 8:52 am - Reply

    What is the pattern for this beautiful sweater?

    • Alina August 8, 2019 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Lisa! I didn’t use the pattern for the sweater, just improvised on the needles.

  2. Ali August 8, 2019 at 9:13 am - Reply

    I love it!!!! So pretty.

  3. Claire August 8, 2019 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I love the colors you chose, can you tell me which ones you used? I think it’s Misty Rose, Denim Blue, Green and I don’t know which the 4th color is.

    • Alina August 8, 2019 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Claire, as those were leftovers I didn’t save the tag, so I don’t know exactly the name… I checked the website and it looks like I used Misty Rose, Denim Blue, Green and Powder Pink. Hope it helps!

  4. sustainablemum August 10, 2019 at 12:41 am - Reply

    Lovely, lovely sweater. As always I am in awe of your knitting skills, the attention to those details that make it just perfect. I hope the knitting was restorative at a your busy time.

    • Alina August 14, 2019 at 6:07 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words!

  5. Christine August 11, 2019 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    So pretty Alina! It will look lovely on you.

    • Alina August 14, 2019 at 6:07 am - Reply

      Thank you, Christine!!

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