Wall Sweater. FO Details.

Sweater. Machine Knitting.

The Wall sweater was inspired by the colorful wall I found in the downtown. Though I very rarely work with color, this building ignited something in me and I mixed deep royal blue mercerized cotton with rich green shade of combed cotton. The swatch “told” me I shouldn’t overcomplicate it and make something simple and effortless. Drop shoulder sweater with raw edges knit in a pretty loose gauge to create a nice drape seemed perfect. The sweater is basically shapeless – there is no structure whatsoever, except for the seams, that hold the whole piece together. It is also a great first-sweater project for your knitting machine!

Project Notes

Yarn.

Mercerized cotton mixed with the combed cotton. I got both of these yarns in Mexico City, but there is a 2-year difference between them! Sometimes it feels like certain yarns wait for its perfect companion before being put in use. This cotton was one of the first fibers I tried and I always come back to it once in a while. It is not that soft, but it is very durable, the colors are always rich and it has a nice sheen.

Color.

My initial plan of colorful aquamarine/green combo didn’t work out due to the mysterious disappearance of a whole package of yarn (I still didn’t figure it out πŸ™‚ ), but I guess everything happens forΒ  reason as the dark blue/dark forest green combo worked amazing – I really love the result! And probably I wouldn’t even think of putting these colors together if not for the lost yarn.

Sweater. Machine Knitting.

Fit.

Made of four basic rectangles, the sweater is loose, drapey, effortless and comfortable. I set my stitch dial on the machine to 8, which is pretty big for this yarn thickness, but there are no rules in knitting and each experiment will give you certain results, not all of them will be successful, but in this case the loose gauge created a very flexible fabric. The front is slightly shorter than the back; I used “e-wrap” cast on (video tutorial) and left the edges raw.

Neckline.

Super wide boat neckline gives you the space to play around with it and model in various ways – slightly lower on the back, or classic boat-neck or a little bit off the shoulder.

Sweater. Machine Knitting.

Sleeves.

Will I ever get tired of the folded cuffs?! Probably not πŸ™‚ It is such an easy way to add volume and texture contrast!

Sweater. Machine Knitting.

I have so much to catch on in the blogosphere – these days I didn’t even have time to open my computer! So, if you are waiting for an email from me, please, forgive my absence!!!

I hope you are having amazing Sunday!


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22 Comments

  1. This so sweater is so “yummy”. The color and shape – would love to snuggle up with this every night.

  2. This is one of my favourite projects from you so far! The yarn really sings with this pattern.

  3. This is just beautiful. Well done! I have a hunch you wear it well.

  4. Another beautiful sweater Alina! Gorgeous.

  5. this is the exact sweater that could turn me into a machine knitter!!! I LOVE this so much…..but just the thought of all that plain knitting!! EEP! Your colours are perfect together, too! Lovely . (as always!)

    • Thank you, dear Steph! The plain loose, oversize sweater that would take forever to knit by hand is exactly what drew me into machine knitting! I really hope you will get one someday!

  6. This is the most fabulous of relaxing sweaters. Love it

  7. That is a funky, lovely sweater! The colors just vibrate!

  8. Beautiful sweater, Alina. I love this line: “Sometimes it feels like certain yarns wait for [the] perfect companion before being put in use. ” It makes me feel so much better about some of the yarns in my stash I bought because they were pretty, or maybe they were just such an excellent price I couldn’t pass them up, but I haven’t yet figured out what I’m going to do with them. It’s possible their companions just haven’t showed up yet. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Becki! Absolutely! I very rarely work with the yarn right away, I like to keep it in my stash for awhile before the perfect color/pattern match comes up!

  9. So, so gorgeous!! I love the green and blue together, and the mercerized cotton has a lovely sheen that really emphasizes the texture of the garter stitch Perfection!

  10. Gorgeous! I love how you combined the two yarns to achieve such a stunning yet modern effect. The simple lines really emphasize the beautiful drape.

    • Thank you! It is such an easy technique – just knitting with two strands of yarn from different skeins! I like how it creates a slightly uneven color distribution.

  11. What a great light sweater. The colour combo is so surprising and so perfect, it blows my mind!

    • Thank you, Monica! The color combo was unexpected for me as well πŸ™‚ I just happened to put these colors together when sorting through the yarn and loved it instantly!

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