Even though it’s not cozy sweater season right now, it is the perfect time to start thinking about a sweater project so it’s ready to wear when the leaves start blowing off the trees in a few months.
Weft appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Twist Collective. The sweater was just returned to me this past week and now I remember again how much I love it!
Weft calls for Briggs and Little Regal—a good sturdy Canadian wool spun in New Brunswick. This version of the sweater features natural sheepy colours, but it would be equally lovely using wool dyed in your favourite hues.
The front bands completely encase the selvedges for a clean look when the sweater is left unbuttoned. You know those favourite buttons you’ve been saving? This is the perfect project for them!
The unexpected surprise of having the strands as the decorative element on the outside contribute to making this sweater stand an eye catcher.
Although there’s waist shaping I’ve used the simple technique of changing needle size a few times to make a smaller waist. This completely removes the headache of shaping in a stranded pattern.
The fronts are perhaps a little labour intensive but the back and sleeves are in a solid colour and provide great TV knitting. I love getting into the rhythm of working in stockinette stitch while watching an engrossing movie.
My other favourite new design element that I’ve been using on a lot of my designs lately is the English tailored shoulder. I just love how this gives a sophisticated aire to the sweater and fits so nicely. It’s a little cheat from the commercial garment industry where all of the shoulder shaping is done on the back and the fronts are simply worked straight. Again, avoiding any tedious shaping when working in an intricate stitch pattern.
Get the pattern: Twist Collective Fall 2014, $7 USD
Sizes: 32 ½ (36, 39 ¾, 44 ½, 48 ½, 52, 55 ¾, 60 ½, 64 ½)” / 82.5 (91.5, 101, 113, 123, 132, 141.5, 153.5, 164) cm bust (buttoned); intended to be worn with 2″ / 5 cm positive ease
Yarn specs: Briggs and Little Regal, Light Grey, Dark Grey and Bleached White
Gauge: 19 sts x 28 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in Stockinette st using 3.75 mm / US 5 needles