Miette is retiring! This may come as a surprise, but I’ve been planning it for a few years. At the end of this year, December 31, 2018, Miette will no longer be available for download. I’m sure that will be disappointing for some of you, and that’s why I wanted to provide plenty of notice and more importantly, a replacement. More on that later.
There are two large reasons that I’m retiring Miette. The first is fit. Miette comes in an extremely limited size range, which I wasn’t happy about even at the time that I released it! Raglans are trickier to grade than you might think, and a large gauge with big motifs adds even more of a challenge. Making Miette available in a full range of sizes was harder than making Agatha work for a full range of sizes, and one sweater is a lot more complicated looking than the other! Not only did Miette come in a limited range, but the fit was based more on my own 20-year-old body type than standard/average body types, so it had quirks like extremely high “darts” that didn’t fit well on many people who knit it without modifications.
The second reason is pattern support. Miette is my primary source of pattern support work, through no fault of the pattern, and it’s also my primary source of hostility and rudeness from knitters. You’ll have to take my word for it because every time I write more detail here, I sound as bitter as I was feeling before I decided to start working on Miette’s retirement, so I’ll just say that after December 31, 2018, I will no longer be answering questions, comments, or emails about Miette, and we can move on to a nicer topic.
I’d never want to deprive you of a sweet, scalloped, cropped cardigan, so at the same time that I’m announcing Miette’s retirement, I’m introducing its replacement, Crumb! Crumb has the same look as Miette, with eyelet scallops, a fitted cropped body, and ¾-length sleeves, but it’s vastly improved. You get a full range of sizes, from XS to 3X! That weird uneven scallop at the neckline is gone! There’s side shaping that begins at a more standard point! The sleeves are seamless set-in sleeves! The stitch patterns include both charted and written version! It’s just a better pattern.
Crumb is knit in Hazel Knits Cadence on US 8 / 5 mm needles, but other worsted weight wools are easily substitutable. To ease your sadness over losing Miette and to give petite and plus-sized knitters the same delight I was able to offer Miette knitters, I’m making Crumb free to Untangling Knots newsletter subscribers through December 31, 2018. Current newsletter subscribers will have received a download code already, and new subscribers will get a PDF download within 24 hours of subscribing. Please be aware that new subscribers will not have the pattern available in their Ravelry library unless they purchase it. Regardless of how you get the pattern, don’t forget to add Crumb to your Ravelry queue!
My hope is that Crumb will provide as much happiness as I know that Miette did. Miette was a wonderful way to kickstart my knitting career, but it’s time for it to retire, and I’m glad to be able to give it a fond farewell this year.