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On wellness

June 15, 2012

I’m sorry to have dropped out suddenly and in the middle of my series on the male gaze, too. Basically, I’ve been sick for a month now, and it’s been really wearing. We went to the Maker Faire in May, our yearly big family outing, and we went for both days, which was a blast. But I was recovering from a head cold at the time, and surprisingly, heading out into a crowd and being really active for a couple of days when your immune system is on the fritz is not the best way to get better. I got sicker just after the faire and I’ve been sick ever since. I’m tired of it, but what can you do? I’m starting to get better now, and it’s slow, but it’s happening, so that’s good.

But illness is only part of my life and I’ve had a lot of good things happening in this time as well. As you may know if you’re a longtime reader, or if you follow me elsewhere, I have never finished my undergraduate degree, and I’ve always felt self conscious and embarrassed about this. Last autumn, I started applying to universities to go back to school full time. It was a harrowing process, one that I loathed along every step, but the end result is exciting: I’m going back to school this fall to finish my degree at Mills College in Oakland! Mills is a women’s college, the oldest women’s college in the West, and I’m smitten in every way. It turns out a lot of my crafty Bay Area friends are also Mills grads, so I’ll be entering some lofty company.

While being ill is hugely unpleasant in many respects, lying down a lot gives one a lot of time to knit and I haven’t been idle.

Cables in Lark

Cables cables cables cables

I’m working on a couple of little boy sweaters for a dear friend with two dear boys, and I’m in love with everything about this project. The yarn is Quince and Company Lark, which makes the bounciest happiest cables ever. The color is River, a cool, gentle blue that is very cheery and very much outside my usual range. I’ve progressed quite a bit since that photo was taken and I’m still just as crazy about the project as before. The yarn is a delight to knit with. It’s not a fancy yarn, but it’s so clearly well thought out for the hand knitter. It’s lofty and strong and bouncy and each stitch feels good on the needles.

Lovely pears

The lovely Bosc Hat, by Robin Ulrich

I also knit a Bosc Hat as a chemo cap for a friend’s grandma. The yarn is Knit Picks Comfy in Peony. The pattern, by Robin Ulrich, is clean, easy to follow, and results in a lovely hat. I plan to make another in wool, which I think will show the stitch pattern better, but the cotton blend is perfect for a chemo cap and will wash well. It’s very soft and very pleasant to look at. I highly recommend the pattern, and there is a matching scarf, should you wish for a set.

There’s secret knitting just finished and secret knitting started, and so my life is very full of knitting at the moment. And in the moment, it is my wellness. I may be sick, but I can make something. I can keep my mind and hands occupied. It takes the place of physical wellness until my body can catch up.

Orange you glad

February 19, 2012

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2012 is Tangerine Tango, an orangey red or a red orange that screams, “HEY! I’m right HERE!”.

It is a coincidence that my new sweater is a similar red orange, but not an inappropriate one. I’m still here! I’m still hard at work. I’ve just reached pathological levels of mostly happy busyness. This frenetic, happy color seems apropos of my feelings lately, and I think it’s just gorgeous to boot.

The above sweater is of course the Jewel Lake Pullover, but for me this time, and with lengthened sleeves and torso. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in Poppy, and it is soft and cozy and warm. I really like Shepherd Worsted for its wooliness. A lot of superwash wools are smooth, slick, and quite different in texture than a wool that is untreated. I like that sort of texture quite well, but there’s something really special about the fuzziness of untreated wool, and Shepherd Worsted manages to maintain that quality. It comes in a whole mess of gorgeous colors to boot, but I had to pick the Poppy after realizing that I was drawn back to it every time. I’m so glad I did!

How’s it holding up, part the second

September 21, 2011

Yesterday I posted about the wear and tear on five sweaters, and today I have five more to talk about. All of the sweaters today have actually held up very well, so hooray for that! No more disasters like my poor Yoke Sweater.

Francis Revisited

Francis Revisited was an impulse cast on knit between other projects last winter. I used Cascade 220 at a very loose gauge, and that loose gauge means it probably won’t hold up as well as it would at a tighter one. However, Cascade is a workhorse yarn, and while the sweater pills a bit, it’s still in excellent condition. I tried to get a picture of the pilling, but it’s so minor that I don’t think it really shows in the photograph. My favorite thing about this sweater is the color and that has not faded or changed in any way. It’s hardy and has softened with wear. There’s a reason Cascade is such a popular yarn, and that’s the winning combination of a low price, wide selection of colors, and a hardwearing yarn. (My daughter has a toy cat I knit her in Cascade 220. It shows almost no wear on the yarn despite the fact that she drags it around with her. The stuffing’s shifted, but the yarn itself remains sturdy.) You can find fancier or softer yarns, yes, but for the money, Cascade 220 delivers exactly what it promises.

Flutter Sleeve Sunniva

I made two versions of my sweater Sunniva, and this yellow one was the first and the last. First because I started it first, but I had to rip it when some aspects went very wrong, and I put off starting over until after I’d finished the purple version. This version of Sunniva is knit in Malabrigo Sock. It’s shown pretty much no wear, and has held up very well, with a lovely drape, a lovely color, and a very soft hand. My only complaint is my own fault: as you can see, this sweater is embarrassingly uneven in terms of my stitches. Some of this can be attributed to the fact that it was knit and then ripped, but some of it is likely my own knitting. I’m not sure how that happened, as I think my knitting is usually pretty even, but multiple blockings have not made the stitches lie flat. At a distance, this is not very visible, but it bugs me every time I look at it closely. I have not had this issue with Malabrigo Sock past or since. I don’t know how Malabrigo managed to make a sock yarn that is almost as soft as their one ply and still have it be sturdy enough for garment knitting, but they have. This is a great yarn and I love this shade of yellow.

Long Sleeve Sunniva

This version of Sunniva is knit in Orange Flower BFL 4 ply, which is unfortunately very very hard to get these days. Orange Flower updates sell out in like five minutes flat, and that is not an exaggeration. However, if you can manage to snag some of it, do, because this sweater, which I wore pretty much constantly last fall and winter, looks brand new still. BFL is amazing. I wear this sweater against my skin. It does not itch, and there is no major pilling. The photograph is of a high stress area under my arm. (I put a false seam on this version of the sweater, which is not included in the final pattern.) Although I wore this sweater all the freaking time, and although my arm rubs that area a good deal, there is no real wear on it. It is soft, warm, breathable, and beautiful. I want to knit all my sweaters in BFL.

Atalanta

Atalanta is a younger sweater than many of the ones already discussed, but it’s still worth talking about because of how well the yarn’s holding up so far. Atalanta is knit in Knit Picks Shine Worsted. I was a bit wary of cotton and cotton blends. So many of them are hard on the hands, and then the growth rate after knitting can be immense. Soft cottons sometimes flake or become shoddy very quickly, like dishcloth yarn. Shine is a cotton/Modal blend, and it seems to avoid cotton’s sins. I think it looks great, and it has not stretched, faded, flaked, or shown any of the unpleasant qualities that I think sometimes crop up with plant fiber yarns. This is a very soft yarn, but it’s not a shoddy one, and the price is fantastic. This sweater has gone through the wash a number of times, and I don’t think it shows.

The Ever Popular Drops Sweater

I saved the Drops Sweater for last because it’s probably my most worn of all of them. I knit this in 2008 when everyone and her mother was making one of these. It’s an easy, fast, free pattern from Drops, and it doesn’t have an actual name. I knit mine in Rowan Scottish Tweed Chunky that my husband gave me as a gift. Scottish Tweed Chunky is not a soft yarn, but oh does it wear. And wear. And wear. I am constantly in this sweater from the moment it gets cool in autumn until winter is well over and we’re out of the spring chills. Yes, it has pilled a little, but considering how often I wear it, hardly at all. It is hardly different than the day I finished knitting it, and that includes the fact that our now deceased rat Daisy once took a small bite out of it. I darned it with a little leftover yarn, and the thick, tweedy texture of the yarn makes it next to impossible to see where unless you are looking for it. This yarn is impervious. Rowan has of course discontinued its Scottish Tweed line, because Rowan is constantly discontinuing its various tweed lines and replacing them with something new. I suspect that the current Felted Tweed Chunky, while not of the same composition, would be a similarly hard wearing and long lasting yarn. I do love the sport/DK Felted Tweed, and Chunky is the same stuff writ large. Rowan yarns are not cheap in the U.S., but I think they can be a very worthwhile purchase for a quality product. Just don’t get the RYC stuff!

How’s it holding up?

September 20, 2011

First off, I did an interview with the incredibly gracious Lumia of Worsted Knitt, so if you’d like to read it, head on over and check it out!

I’ve been meaning to do this for ages: take out old projects that I’ve worn many times and check in with how the yarn is holding up. My initial reaction to a yarn is often enthusiastic. I choose yarns because I like them, and I usually like working with the yarns I chose, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right yarn for a given project, or even that it’s a great yarn. I’m going to pull out some of my most worn sweaters and let you know how they’re doing. I have taken photos of high stress areas on each sweater, but sometimes a photo alone doesn’t convey what is right or wrong with a given yarn for a given project.

I’m going to start with the bad news here.

Joelle’s Favorite Yoke Sweater

Oh my gosh you guys. This is my Joelle’s Favorite Yoke Sweater, which I made back in 2008. The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy. I loved this sweater so much when I made it, but it has not worn well at all. Part of this is probably not the fault of the yarn – the sweater was accidentally put through the washer and dryer a couple of different times, and although the yarn is superwash merino, this is really not the best way to treat it. However, I don’t think all of this can be blamed on the washer. The yarn under my arms felted and stretched and wore very poorly. The whole sweater has almost a crispy crunchy feel to it. I have a scarf knit in Smooshy that has worn much better with hand washing and less friction, but I never wear this sweater now because it’s plain uncomfortable. It also looks kind of icky because of the fabric’s stiffness. I do not think I will use Smooshy for a garment again because of the way it’s worn in high friction areas.

O W L S

The next sweater on our tour of ugg is my O W L S sweater. The pattern itself is one of my favorites, and I will surely remake this sweater one day. However I am very, very disappointed in my yarn choice, which was RYC Soft Tweed, now discontinued. I don’t really know the intricacies of Rowan’s decision to have a separate line under the RYC label, but so far my impression has been that RYC yarns don’t hold up as well as traditional Rowan label yarns. Soft Tweed was a wool, rayon, silk, and nylon yarn that was spun in a soft, puffy multi ply that looked like a single ply. It felt heavenly when first knit up, very warm and light. It had an unfortunate tendency to grow when worn, and this had done that – a sweater that was skin tight when first knit has gradually loosened over time and become baggier. But that’s not my main complaint. The yarn itself went from being soft and puffy to dry and sort of shoddy in look and feel. High stress areas on the garment became pilly, which I don’t always object to much, but in this case, they felt first pilly and then noticeably thinner than other parts of the sweater. The whole thing now feels cheap and unattractive instead of luxurious and soft.

Maude Louise

Maude Louise II was made from another discontinued RYC yarn, Soft Lux, a blend of merino, nylon, angora, and a metallic sparkly thread. This yarn has held up considerably better than the Soft Tweed, but still has not held up quite as well as I’d hope, particularly in high friction areas like under the arms and against the sides of the sweater. It has loosened over time so that ribbed areas are now quite baggy, and the elbows have stretched out a little. It is still soft and while I think it looks less lovely than it did when I first finished it, I can and do wear it. I would use a stronger wearing yarn, though, were I to make it a third time. (I don’t foresee a third time coming up, but if it did, I think I’d pick a strong pure wool.)

McQueen Knockoff

I know this sweater looks pilly, and it is, but the news here is mostly good. This is my McQueen Knockoff, knit in Knit Picks Andean Treasure. Andean Treasure is a pure baby alpaca that comes in beautiful heathered shades and at Knit Picks’ typical excellent prices. I wear this sweater a lot in the winter, and it is crazy warm and pretty. It does pill, yes, but the sweater itself has remained structurally intact despite frequent wearings, and the yarn has gotten softer with the wearing. I do have to depill high stress areas of the sweater, and the yarn has settled a bit around the cables, making them oddly smooth, but I love this sweater so much, and I think Andean Treasure is a really nice sweater yarn. If you don’t mind going over your sweater with a sweater stone every so often, this yarn is a great choice for a late fall/winter sweater.

Liesel

Liesel was my first knit of 2010, a birthday present to myself knit out of Sundara Aran Silky Merino, one of the most expensive yarns I’d ever purchased at that point. I was very very pleased with how it looked and knit up, and overall, I am still just as pleased. I think ASM has just enough twist to the single ply to make it stronger than a one ply merino/silk blend might usually be. It has fuzzed and softened with wear, but has not worn out. Part of this is that I wear it fairly rarely, and when I do, I am very careful of the yarn. The colorway, Arabian Nights, is one of my favorites and I want it to last. It is not the strongest yarn out there, but I think it’s a good choice for Liesel, a cardigan that I wear in the spring and late autumn when the weather is sort of undecided, and that dresses up a tank top beautifully. Another reason to combine this yarn and pattern is that Liesel takes very very little yarn to knit, making it a perfect showcase for expensive yarns you might not usually buy.

I have five more sweaters that I took out, so I’ll continue this soon!

 

Jewel Lake Pullover

June 17, 2011

I am a very lucky knitter. Seriously. I have gotten to work with a lot of my favorite yarns and yarn companies in recent times and to that list I now get to add Lorna’s Laces. I bought myself some Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock waaaay back on my Piecation trip as a souvenir, and I was so impressed with how the yarn was soft, but also sturdy and hard wearing.  It was also a gorgeous color. (Firefly, a sort of neon yellow tinged with green.)

Recently, I got to make a sweater out of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted. It is soft and hard wearing like its sister yarn, but much, much squishier. I am in love. I did not get to keep the sample sweater, but that’s OK, because I want one for myself in one of Lorna’s Laces beautiful oranges – maybe a red orange, like Brick, or a bright tangerine, like Satsuma. But orange.

Sorry, I digress. This is the Jewel Lake Pullover, and also could be called How I Spent My May.

I have had this idea in my sketchbook for some time now. It’s not a complicated design, but the idea stuck with me longer than most ideas do.

This nice thing about a simple design is that it allows the yarn to really shine. I hadn’t imagined Jewel Lake in a variegated yarn, as you see above, but the Lorna’s Laces yarn really brings it to life. I loved the way the colors shifted while I was knitting – the colors (the colorway is called Navy Pier) were harmonious enough to look great even where they pooled, but different enough to sparkle. I thought it looked like especially beautiful water.

Enough chatter for now! Here are the details.

One of my family’s favorite places to go on the weekends is Tilden Park in Berkeley. Within Tilden, there is a small body of water called Jewel Lake. It’s a short hike to the lake, but there is such variety both on the way and at the lake itself that we never tire of it. The beautiful watery colors of the Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted reminded me of happy mornings spent clambering around the lake, looking at snakes and frogs and turtles. A simple top down boat neck pullover, I hope Jewel Lake will be inspiring to you as well. Dressed up with a skirt or down with jeans, worn with a ribbon or without, this is a top that can see you through the season.

SIZE
28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inches at bust
Shown in size 32 with negative ease

MATERIALS

  • 4 (4, 5, 5, 5. 6. 6) skeins Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted 100% Superwash Wool; 225 yds per 4oz skein, shown in colorway Navy Pier
  • U.S. size 6 (4 mm) 24” or 32” circular needle
  • 1 set U.S. size 6 (4 mm) dpns OR long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • 5 stitch markers, one distinct
  • tapestry needle
  • waste yarn
  • 2 yards of 1-1.5” wide wireless ribbon (optional)

GAUGE
19 sts/28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Tech edited by Lauren Cross

Buy it now for U.S. $6.50

Green with evil

June 16, 2011

Actually, there’s no evil to be found here. It’s just that when I was in high school, my favorite television show was Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and there’s a character on that show, Zorak, who describes himself as green with evil. I repeated the phrase so often that green and evil are sort of permanently linked in my mind. Green is also one of my favorite colors, so there’s a hugely positive association with this green evil business. A frightening little tour of my psyche, that.

Anyhoo, I’ve had a lot of deadline knitting lately, and I’m not the fastest knitter on the block, so I have had relatively little time to knit simply for fun or to knit other people’s patterns. I say relative, because a lot of more prolific designers than I am have far less time to knit anything just for fun. I’ve had a couple of little windows between projects, though, and I used that time to knit a little warm weather cardigan.

The pattern is Safire, by Hilary Smith Callis. She’s got a lot of lovely sweater patterns that I want to knit, but I picked this one when I was looking for something to do with my pretty Sundara Merino DK the Second. It’s club yarn, and the yardage ended up being less than expected, so while it’s lovely, I couldn’t use it for the project I originally had in mind. The color was so bright and pretty, though, I didn’t want to use it for an accessory, so I went looking for a shrug or cardigan pattern that would work with less than 600 yards of yarn. Safire fit the bill, and as I quite like cropped cardigans, it was a really appealing option.

This is a great (and free!) little pattern. I was over on gauge even with smaller needles, so I knit the smallest size, and it fits perfectly after blocking. While I did not otherwise make any modifications, if I were to knit this a second time, I would not do the waist decreases, and I probably will still add a crocheted edge to the button bands. I feel like the decreases break up the ribbing in a way I’m not that fond of, and the ribbing itself works pretty well to nip in at the waist. That’s a matter of taste, though, and the decreases aren’t especially noticeable when I’m wearing the sweater.

I have yet to get modeled photos, but I have worn the sweater out and about. We don’t get super warm weather even during the summer most of the time, and our summers are always punctuated by cold spells, so a little layering piece like this is ideal. The yarn is pretty dreamy – very firm and smooth and it feels like it will wear like iron despite being soft on the skin. The color is also gorgeous. It’s called  Turning Leaves in the Fog, and the spring greens are punctuated with the occasional cool streak.

I’m sneaking in an apology at the end here – I know apologizing for failure to blog is silly and pathetic, but I can’t help it! I have a post about nostalgia on deck but I haven’t found time to finish it, so it may be only posts when I finish a project for a while. Mea culpa! And happy summer!

Atalanta

February 3, 2011

This has been a long time in coming! In 2007, I made this top, Arthemis. At the beginning of 2008, I released a pattern for it. Unfortunately, said pattern was a mess. It was pretty well impossible to follow and made very little sense. To those of you who tried to use it, my deepest apologies. Since then, I’ve wanted for a long time to return to Arthemis and reknit and rewrite it. As time passed, I also came up with a list of ideal changes to the pattern: greater length (the original photos hide how much that top rode up when I moved in it), wider neckline, a repeat of the lace pattern in the sleeves. I also wanted to change the yarn – the Rowan Cotton Glace is pretty, but I didn’t like the way it wore as an against the skin top. I wanted to keep the dart shaping, the fluttery lace pattern, and the raglan sleeves created with yarn overs.

Meet Atalanta. I think I changed enough from the original pattern that a name change was also in order. Atalanta is a heroine of Greek mythology. I grew up listening to Free to Be You and Me, which is probably where I first heard (an updated, feminist version of) the Atalanta story. Atalanta has long been my favorite Greek mythological figure because of her speed and skill and determination to decide her own destiny. (This being a Greek myth, she doesn’t actually get to do that, but I respect the attempt!) The original name, Arthemis, referred to a butterfly, but kind of looked like a misspelling of Artemis, and, in combination with Clothilde, seemed like I just liked throwing extraneous Hs around.

Atalanta is knit in Knit Picks Shine Sport, which yarn, besides being very affordable, is also very soft and not at all hard on the hands. This tee makes a great spring knit, and while it may not currently seem like it, spring is definitely on its way!

SIZES
28 [32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52] inches – (Pick size closest to actual bust size for a sweater with 7% positive ease at bust.)

MATERIALS

  • 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) balls Knit Picks Shine Sport [60% Cotton, 40% Modal®; 110 yds per 50g ball] in MC – shown in Serenade
  • 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) ball Knit Picks Shine Sport [60% Cotton, 40% Modal®; 110 yds per 50g ball] in CC – shown in Leapfrog
  • U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm) 24 or 32 inch circular needles
  • U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm) dpns or long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm) 32 inch circular needles
  • tapestry needle

GAUGE
20 sts/26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Atalanta is available through Knitting Kninja or Knit Picks.

Buy it now for $5.00 US.

Wrapping up

January 8, 2011

There are a number of projects I finished last year that we never got around to photographing in modeled pictures. I think there are some projects that I never got around to photographing, period. I’m trying to remedy that now, and as we’re finding time, we’re taking pictures. One thing I’d love to do this year, actually, is go back to a lot of old projects and let you know how they’re holding up. It’s a good way to review yarns and see if the projects I chose for them were appropriate. (I don’t think a yarn is poor just because it didn’t hold up well. That can mean that it was simply badly chosen for a given project.)

This project is Francis Revisited, which is a free project from Beth Silverstein on Ravelry. I loved the look of this sweater from the first time I saw it, and a spate of excellent finished projects had me very eager to make a Francis of my own, but finding the time proved harder than expected. This is a fast, easy project, knit in the round with worsted weight yarn and oversized needles. Nonetheless, since I was knitting it between other projects, my progress was of the leaps and bounds variety.

When I finished, I actually wasn’t sure if I liked it. The pattern was quite good, but I felt like I’d made a few poor choices. My seed stitch looked sloppy to me. I didn’t like my bind off. I felt like I ended the sleeves at the wrong point. I felt like I should have gone down in gauge for a different fabric. I had four skeins of Cascade 220 in a magnificent green, but I ended up using only two and a half to make the sweater, so the possibility of ripping and beginning again was real.

Then I actually wore it out a few times. I may have been unsure about it, but the sweater was drawing compliments right and left. I’ve knit a good few things that I wear regularly, and most of them go uncommented upon. There’s nothing especially bad about that, but the fact that people noticed and liked the sweater made me think that maybe it was OK as it was. (Also, the prospect of ripping and reknitting didn’t sound like much fun.) I’m keeping it.

We did double duty in this picture and got a shot of the Side Slip Cloche from Boutique Knits that I made after Stitches West 2010. It’s knit in Toots Le Blanc Alpaca/Jacob and since I was talking about how yarn holds up, this has held up like a dream. I wear this cloche all the time when it’s cold, and not only is it incredibly warm, it doesn’t show any sign of wear at all. It’s one of those sheepy yarns that gets softer with the wearing, too. I remember that when I was knitting the hat, I was a little worried that the yarn felt scratchy, but the perceived scratchiness lasted only as long as I was knitting.

A couple of thoughts on both patterns: Francis is a good, simple, top down raglan. Were I to knit it again, and I might, I’d make the sleeves a little bigger, and I’d make both body and sleeves a little longer. I think I might still consider working in a tighter gauge, as well, though I’ve liked the loose gauge better as wear has changed the drape. I’m ultimately happy with this sweater, though, and having been getting a lot of wear out of it. The yarn is exactly what Cascade 220 always is: a good workhorse of a yarn with fantastic colors.

The Side Slip Cloche is a clever, well thought out design, but I found it a little lacking in two areas, both of which have been noted by others. One was the schematic. It’s a little unclear when it comes to joining the ruffle band. I had to join it several times before I felt happy with how it looked. The other part relates to the band as well. As written, the sizing is on the small side. I have a small head, but I had to lengthen the band to make it fit. The other cloche that I made from Boutique Knits tends toward the large side, so it’s good to pay close attention when knitting from this book. That said, the pattern is very cute and the changes needed are not hard to figure out. Other than those two issues, it was well written and clear, and the end result is one of my favorite hats ever.

Oh, and I got a much needed haircut! I feel a lot happier with the state of my head now.

Sunniva

November 2, 2010

The Sunniva pattern is now available! Finally!

Sunniva was designed to fill a wardrobe gap and close a gap. I love button down blouses and cardigans as wardrobe staples, but the unfortunate gaping that occurs at times can make them problematic. I wanted to make a sweater that would be modeled on a tee shirt – easy to pull on and wear – but with the stylistic look of a button down blouse; something that would be equally appropriate for casual wear or in more formal situations. The idea of a side shaped tee with a false button placket stuck in my mind and wouldn’t leave. Sunniva offers a wide range of options to the knitter with two sleeve choices and an optional lace collar. Although it is simple to knit, the false placket keeps it from becoming boring. I hope you enjoy your sweater as much as I’ve been enjoying mine!

SIZES
28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inches at bust with zero to negative ease – pick your size or smaller

MATERIALS
for flutter sleeve sweater:
2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins Malabrigo Sock (100% Superwash
Merino; 440 yds per 100g skein)

for puff sleeve:
3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins OrangeFlower Twist 80/20 (80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon; 440 yds per 100g skein) Shown in OrangeFlower 4 ply BFL, currently unavailable

  • 1 set 3 mm 24” or 32” circular needles (listed as U.S. size 2 or 2.5, depending on the brand)
  • 1 set 3mm dpns or long circular for Magic Loop
  • waste yarn in contrasting color
  • tapestry needle
  • 10 stitch markers in various colors
  • 5 5/8 inch buttons

GAUGE
28 sts/36 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st

Buy it now for US $6.50

More Sunniva

September 13, 2010

Apologies for a lack of blog posts are quite tiresome, so I’ll skip that for now. We took a few modeled shots of the yellow version of Sunniva yesterday, and here they are! Yellow Sunniva is knit in Malabrigo Sock (less than two skeins for a size 32) and has a lace collar that I did not put on the puff sleeve version of Sunniva, though of course the pattern offers the option to attach it to either version. Sunniva is currently out for testing, but I can always use more testers, so if you have time, inclination, and two or three extra skeins of a fine sock yarn on hand, let me know!