As a crafter I have such difficulty refusing to try something lovely, if I know I can probably make it. In the era of Instagram there is always a fresh feed of things that tempt me, call to me, to make them.
So I have some favourite knitwear designers which are on Ravelry & instagram— knit.love.wool & boylandknitworks—oh man. Both have such beautiful creations. I’ve never really done colourwork before other than some Brioche & a checkers board and bag. Usually I let the yarn do the work of colouring a piece of knitting. Well, that’s all about to change.
Here are my favourite sweater patterns: first by Caitlin Hunter aka boylandknitworks:
By Jenn Steingass aka knit.love.wool :
Fern & Feather
Of all these, my least favourite was Sunset Highway, my most favourite started as Aboreal or Alyeska. As the weeks of watching posted pieces has continued by knitters around the globe, Sunset Highway started to really win my heart over. First, it looks like a good beginner level for colourwork. It isn’t as intricate as some of the others. Learning to start at the beginning is important, and this sweater looks like ‘the beginning’ of fairisle training. It’s also so incredibly perfect for a summer sweater. We have a lot of cool non winter days here and it seemed like a pattern I could wear year round. I saw so many knit up in sweet pastel and candy colours which is so outside my typical colour choice, but they were so lovely and rich in a subtle way.
So I went and splurged on yarn from the local yarn shop. Sweaters are a big endeavor. Choosing correctly is like picking your favourite candy from a shop when you were a kid (or maybe an adult). Lol. I knew I wanted light candy colours, something unusually feminine in tone, breezy, summery. Knit in a fingering weight, it will be a very light sweater for sure, but the colours really needed to be right. I was thinking of SweeTarts and their lovely pastel tones. This is what I came up with:
The body is a colour called Winter, the front one in this shot, it’s a faint pink, lavender, & grey slurry of snow tones. Absolutely lovely. Next is the grey, then mauve, then green. I did my test swatch, washed & blocked, and it is so soft and thankfully knits up perfect, no need to adjust the pattern at all. Whew.
I’ve never been a pastel girl but these colours are killing me ever so slightly with how beautiful they are. I can’t wait to start this piece. I should finish my Kveta scarf this weekend. And then I plan to alternate between my Scania Shawl & Sunset Highway over the next couple months. I may throw in one more pair of thrummed mittens for a sister who moved to Fernie and whom we miss SO much. She would totally love them I’m sure.
I have another project planned after these ones too. I actually am forming a timeline of projects that already goes into next winter including what will hopefully be my first pair of knitted socks, and a few special things for family member who I haven’t knit anything for before. It’s so difficult to get these things all done, plus knit something for myself. Very few people in my world craft like this, so I always wonder if they know it is a lot of work. Most products are machine made these days. Quality is so so. They donate used items, rarely considering clothing to be a valuable thing once styles change or whatever. I’ve learned through this craft that skills like these are honed. And the products are a small piece of the person who made it. I’m choosing to do women’s sweaters & shawls more because I have so many young women who will hopefully appreciate them one day. I’m not sure I’d knit them sweaters now, and one daughter has lost a shawl scarf I knit for her, so I’ve learned to not gift something before someone is ready to appreciate the item. Kyra says the infinity scarf I made her a couple years ago is still her warmest and favourite and I see she wears it often. That always wins browny points. I think of the poncho I gifted my mom, and think, I hope she gives it back soon. She never wears it.
It’s taken me years to stop gifting things I like to other people. They probably don’t like them as much as I do. Now, if I see something I know another person will like, I will consider it. With knitting it is like a search for that one pattern that is not too crazy and time consuming but will also show you thought of them but won’t eat a six month chunk of time. Mittens have been nice but I am all mitten-ed out for now.
So, spring is allegedly around the corner, as I watch the snow falling fantastically at the moment. So pretty. I should be tired of it, and in some ways I am. But in the quiet of night, falling snow is one of my favourite things.