I was all set to tell you about my new pullover pattern for Tuts+ where I’m a regular contributor, and then Knitty’s Winter 2013 issue came out where I also have a new cardigan pattern. Not wanting to choose favorites, I decided to share both with you today and give each their own post later next week. I hope you like them!
Today’s my birthday, but I have a present for one lucky person! I’m giving away a copy of my Delilah Cowl pattern, and six skeins of Quince & Co. Chickadee to knit it! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment! Tell me about your favorite birthday tradition or best birthday memory. You have until Thursday, December 5th, at midnight PST to enter, and on Friday I’ll randomly choose one winner. Good luck!
I was in the habit of dragging my knitting everywhere I went long before I reached the drinking age, so it seemed perfectly natural to bring my knitting out when I went for a drink with my friends in college. Apparently it’s not as natural as I think it is because, not only do I attract curious non-knitters when I’m out, but I also get quite a few comments about it from other knitters whenever I mention that my knitter friends and I regularly knit in bars!
Do you ever take your knitting with you when you go for a night out with your friends? Do you have any good stories about the people you’ve met when you were knitting in bars?
I have a new pattern out called Aiken, and this sweater is honestly one of my favorite things I’ve made in the past couple of months. The relatively high slash neckline is balanced out with the triangle lace insets, and that combination gives the sweater the perfect amount of va-va-voom without being too much for everyday wear.
The back and front are totally identical if you follow the instructions as written. In the pattern I recommend using the cabled cast on so your exposed cast-on edges match on both sides. I had a small frustrating moment when I was working on the sample and cast on the back using a two stranded cast-on without giving it a second thought. I had to rip back when I went to pick up stitches and cast on the front and realized that I wouldn’t be able to make the edges match!
Aiken is completely seamless and features my favorite short row set-in sleeve method. The sleeves and the body are mostly stockinette, which is great for showing off a hand-dyed yarn. The sample is knit in Sincere Sheep Shepherdess in Aegean, and that yarn was my main inspiration for this design.
The pullover is very fitted and should be worn with 0-3 inches of negative ease. It’s cropped in length, but it’s long enough to play nicely with skirts and pants that sit at your waist. It comes in seven sizes ranging from a 30 inch to a 54 inch finished bust circumference, and you can read more about it on Ravelry or buy it now for $6.50
It’s all done! Unfortunately the weather seemed to know that I was about to finish this shawl to wear on mild days. We had a bit of a cold snap so now my heavier cowls that were too much a few weeks ago are perfect, and this shawl isn’t substantial enough. But at least it will be ready for me in the spring! I used about 3/4 of my skein of Hazel Knits Entice, and I knit this on 3.75 mm needles.