Posted on December 9, 2017 at 5:42 pm

My current sweater design started as a swatch I knit trying to answer a question I had to ask about the Plum Cove Shawl which I published earlier this year.

I used stripes knit as short rows to elongate one edge of the triangular shawl, but I also thought an elongated edge might make for an interesting rectangle/rhombus thingy. Perhaps it would make for a good scarf: just enough shaping for a well behaved wrap about the neck and perfect for my husband. As I knit a swatch to prove my theory, I remembered that he never wears anything I knit for him anyway. So as I knit along on it, still knitting anyway you understand, I thought it might make an interesting base for a cowl, so I grafted it together and picked up some stitches for a neck treatment:

 

About halfway through that, I realized it would probably be a better sweater than a cowl, so I ripped a little, recalculated for tailoring purposes, knit in some proper short rows to raise the back neck (as you do) and the cowl became the beginning of a sweater. Another round of picked up stitches to work down later, it began to look like something:

 

There has been miles and miles of ripping and re-knitting throughout this one (and the Sincere Sheep Equity Sport has held up spectacularly, you can tell the yarn that has been through four rips from the virgin yarn), but I am now approaching the yarn chicken phase.

 

Sleeves will get to be as long as they get to be, and ditto for whatever I can eek out for the bottom edge of the torso. The surprise is how flattering it is after all the “what ifs” have been reconciled into an actual garment. It’s been really entertaining to knit, but it’s also a sweater I’ll be wearing a lot this winter. Even better is waiting for the answer to the next question I have: what does it look like on OTHER people? Stay tuned.

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