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.
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.
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.
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.
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!