Sweater: Kit Knits

The equation is simple. Cold weather = time to knit. And believe you me, my knitting needles have been clicking away.

Usually, when the bug bites, I pull out fun yarns and make socks. Over the years, I’ve also made hats and mittens. In my entire knitting career (which is almost twenty years now), I have made a total of two sweaters. One was too small for me. The other wound up with double wide sleeves and a short body. My odd results have kept me from sweaters for a long time, but I finally decided to try again. I was inspired by a specific sweater. I had tried on one a friend made and loved it, so it was time to take the plunge again.

I got the pattern from the book Yarnplay: Colorful Techniques and Projects for the Creative Knitter by Lisa Shobhana Mason.

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The sweater, which is also on the cover, is Poppy (pp. 99-101) and it uses several yarns including a multi-color to make striped sleeves. The cool thing is that the body has vertical instead of horizontal knitting. I opted to put together a bunch of different colors of Manos del Uruguay wool yarn to get the stripes since I couldn’t find a multi that I liked. I wound up with a sweater that actually fits me, almost as big a deal as finishing a sweater in the first place.

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Tomorrow: Sweater 2:The Knitting Continues

Author: Kit Dunsmore

Kit is a writer and an artist who adores living in Colorado. Whether she's hiking in the mountains or walking the prairies, she's always watching the wildlife in order to learn more about the natural world.

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