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Monday, January 2, 2017

A Tale of Two Sweaters

Happy New Year! I have a bunch of stuff from 2016 to blog still, so this week is going to be a bit of a catch-up. First, we have not one, but TWO sweaters that got done in December!

The first is my mum's Sweatshirt Sweater, which ended up giving me a bit of grief, but I'm so proud with how it came out! I ended up being almost exactly 100g short of yarn, and it took a couple weeks for me to line up more. I'm so pleased with how this came out-the sleeves are nice and long for maximum sweater paws, the pocket is nice and cozy, and the collar isn't too close to the neck. I'm really hoping my mum loves it (but there's also a part of my that hopes she doesn't so I can have it). Either way, it's a fantastic sweater, was a great knit, and it'll keep my momma nice and cozy for years to come.

Ravelry Page: Sweatshirt
Pattern: Sweatshirt Sweater by Purl Soho

Up next is my very own Xmas Sweater! I'm so pleased with how this came out, and I'm looking forward to wearing it for many winters. This project was totally yarn-driven; for those of you that don't remember, I got this yarn at the Holiday Bazaar, and there were just three skeins of the red and one of the green. I knew I wanted a green yoke, with some colorwork interest before the red body. Since I had such a limited amount of yarn, I knew I needed to knit from the top down, and I knew I wanted a circular yoke. I stole the numbers from Leah's Filled With Secrets pattern and set to work.

Stranded colorwork eats up yarn, and I knew I needed to make mine stretch, so I chose to incorporate interest with slipped stitches instead-that way, I only used one color per row, and I got these cute little green dashes coming down from the yoke. I'm really happy with how it looks! Once I had the body and sleeves divided, I took one skein to do the sleeves, weighing to make sure each one took just under half the skein. Fortunately that made the sleeves my preferred length, and I used every last inch of the remaining yarn on the body to get it as long as possible.

The result is this slightly cropped pullover, with a comfy yoke and three-quarter sleeves. It's long enough to wear with midrise jeans and short enough to tuck into a skirt without adding too much bulk, and I love it. It came out exactly as I imagined, and it's already one of my favorite cozy around the house sweaters.

Ravelry Page: xmas sweater
Pattern: mostly from my head, but yoke increases and stitch counts stolen from Filled With Secrets by Leah Coccari-Swift
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky "191 M Kiwi" and "181 M Prairie Fire"

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  1. That sweatshirt sweater! After seeing yours I think I'm going to bump it up to the top of the queue. It looks like winter cozy sweater heaven! Well done!

  2. these both look so good! You are a rockstar!

  3. They both look fabulous - what gorgeous knits and beautifully cosy for the winter :)

  4. Terrific job on these jumpers, Kat. I especially love your mum's sweatshirt sweater. It's fun w/that pocket in front.

  5. Oh my, I really love that Christmas sweater!