It was 40 degrees, drizzling and windy on Sunday morning, but Katie did a fine job with the camera – and now I have not one, but two!!!!, finished sweaters to share!
First up is Loulou, a pattern Amy Miller released in January. I bought it the day it came out, thinking the sweater quantity of Kid Classic I had (purchased on major sale a few years back when Rowan discontinued the color) would work. My stitch gauge was a smidge loose but the row gauge worked (phew, I would not want to recalculate that raglan shaping!). I knit the size 36 to get a 37. and I couldn’t be happier with the fit. (thank you, Amy, for getting me to more ease and more length in my sweaters … it works!)
This sweater was knit in pieces and seamed. The hardest part of the whole project for me was the exposed seams. seriously. two days of “knitting time” with a sewing needle. But what a cool detail!
The funnest part of the project was the texture stitch on the front and back. (I haven’t looked at the finished piece too closely – if there are boo-boo’s in the pattern, I don’t want to know!)
I also learned a new-to-me technique – knitting an i-cord and then picking up stitches along the edge. I love the look – and it’s easy!
A friend who owns a clothing boutique suggested the white jeans. It was colder yesterday when I wore the sweater again (hopefully for the last time this season) and I wore my boots (also hopefully for the last time this season 😉) … definitely a better choice than those flats without socks!
And here’s Mineral.
This is the sweater I started on that lemonade day back in January. I finished it quickly (topdown seamless stockinette on size 8 needles – sweaters don’t get much faster than that, especially when the pattern is written by Melanie Berg and just … flows) and wore it once or twice before the February spring came. I took it to Madison and it was too warm to wear there, too. But I’m not complaining.
It’s a great piece – simple styling, that new “more ease, more length” fit, in one of my favorite Shibui colors. I know I’ll wear it plenty next year!
Next week, maybe I’ll have a Spring sweater to share. I’m close. and hopefully a weekend full of knitting and basketball is all I need to finish. What are you wishing for this weekend?