I fell in love with the cover design of Vintage Modern Knits, called Adelaide Yoke Pullover, designed by Kate Gagnon Osborn.
This was before I knew it was pretty much a lopapeysa, or traditional Icelandic sweater design. I started the project right around when I found out I would be going to Iceland, and didn’t finish it until a few months after I was back.
Instead of the recommended yarn, I used Malabrigo, one of my favorites.
One thing I liked about this pattern is that it has you start with the sleeves, then start the body once the sleeves are finished.
That works for me because usually I’m all excited about a project at first, then lose interest or it gets boring partway through. With this one, it was still all exciting to start the main part of the sweater, and when I finished that, it was like, surprise! sleeves are done, all you need to do is attach them.
It was also knit bottom-up. In Iceland, I learned about the benefits of knitting sweaters top-down (you can try them on as you go and ensure proper length, you get the tricky parts out of the way first) but for me I liked knitting this bottom-up. The reason is that again, once I started losing interest in the pattern from all the plain, solid color knitting, the colorwork started and I regained interest in the pattern.
The sweater is super warm and cozy. I’m happy with the turnout. What do you think?
I bought a new sweater!
All I have to do is make it.
This sweater will be made with Malabrigo which means I’ll wear it once and wait a year before actually hand-washing it to wear it again. I’m also working on it as part of a Knit-A-Long (KAL) at Sifu Design Studio, which means several other people are working on the same sweater at the same time, so we can share tips and techniques and stay motivated. I’ll cast-on (start) just as soon as I finish
and a hat for baby John.
So as you can see, I will definitely have a new sweater just in time for August.
If I’m lucky.
Owls by Kate Davies is the fourth sweater I have made. It is also the second sweater I’ve made that has fit. Although knitting is relaxing and enjoyable in its own right, it is extra nice when the piece you are making turns out as you had hoped.
I started making Owls about 6 weeks ago. I used Cascade Yarns baby alpaca, chunky weight. This thick yarn makes the sweater a relatively fast knit. (I rarely get time to knit during the week, so I mostly completed it in about 6 weekends, a few hours each weekend). This yarn is super soft and cozy, and I got it on sale at Sifu Design Studio.
The sweater is knit bottom up. Once it is armpit high, you make the sleeves, wrist up, then join it all together to make the yoke (shoulder part) and neckline. Then comes the most interesting part- the cabled owls.
The owls are a little tricky to see without their eyes sewn in yet.
I finally got to try it on to see whether or not it would fit. Notice the circular needle is still in the collar. It fits! And there was extra string for Smudge to play with.
Don’t pull too hard, Smudge!
Then comes the part that I was least motivated for, sewing on the button eyes.
But after that comes the best part. Wearing it!