Summer Sweater Knitting
Oops, how many sweaters can you start in a week? The answer is at least two. In addition to Foxtrot (the 4 Day KAL, see below), I cast on for Breezeway from Laura Aylor, in Trilogy Yarns BFL Sock base. (The pattern calls for fingering weight—so there are lots of choices, plus Nancy will be back sometime later in the fall.) The first time I saw the pattern I was struck by what a simply perfect t-shirt shape it is, and if I knit quickly, I could get a couple of months wear out of it yet this summer. Fingers crossed for speedy knitting!
We love Darjeeling ahd Chamomile (sparkly) fingering weight yarn from Earl Grey Fiber Arts so much! Prior to this order arriving, we were down to just a few skeins! Dyer Heather used three colors of Darjeeling to make the sweater featured below!
Have you ever made a fandom-based project? Off the top of my head, I’ve knit a little intarsia Totoro, crocheted Hamilton and Jefferson amigurumi and knit two Hamilknits, used CustomFit to design an Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt sweater, and made adult and baby sized sweaters inspired by The Big Lebowski. There are probably more projects that aren’t leaping to mind.
Looking through other people’s projects, the (literal) thousands of Dr. Who scarves people have knit (and knit, and knit, and knit) stand out. (This is just the most popular iteration of the pattern—there are others.) This skirt, inspired by Jess, Zoey Deschanel’s character on New Girl is cute as all get out, and it has pockets! Engage is a shawl from Hilary Smith Callis that intentionally recalls the shape of a Star Trek communicator badge (and is perfect for a 150g cake of Apple Tree Knits Plush Fingering Gradients). And one of the most popular free sock patterns out there is the Harry Potter-inspired Hermione’s Everyday Socks.
Above, Heather Pleva is modeling her test knit of Maxim Cyr’s Once and Floral, based on character David Rose’s fashion choices on the Netflix comedy, Schitt’s Creek. What a great sweater!
Here is the Olive Knits 2019 4 Day KAL sweater half way through my allotted four days! There’s another work day on July 12th, 1-7pm if you’d like to join in! Official KAL period is July 4-15, but make your knitting challenge fit *your* life!
As is my custom with top-down sweaters, I’m knitting the sleeves first. Using a highly variegated colorway means I need to pay attention to blending skeins, so here you can actually see bits of four different skeins! Skein one got me through the raglan increases to the sleeve divide, with enough to blend for several rows of the sleeves and the body. Skein two is currently attached to the sleeve in progress, and I’ll continue with it until just before the wrist ribbing, where it will be blended with skein three, which is just a bit darker and is used on the cuff of the completed sleeve. Skein four is attached to the body, ready for just a few more rows of blending as the lace chart develops. Later, it will transition to the remainder of skein three. Skein five is the most different of the five, and I plan to use it on the button band and neck edging.