Sometimes I surprise myself with how much knitting I can get done when I’m focused. So far in 2016 I’ve been really focused. So far I’ve finished 4 adult sweaters, 1 toddler sweater, a hat and a baby blanket (that has yet to be delivered because I swear the US Postal Service has it out to get me). I’m almost finished with a another cardigan too, I’ve just got the second sleeve left – I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Didn’t I tell you sweaters are my thing? LOL And currently stash busting is also my thing. I decided I’d use up my stash and do some fun color blocking with my last sweater because if I don’t whittle the stash down I can’t buy more yarn.
This is my Lesley sweater, it’s from the Home and Away collection by Hannah Fettig. You might remember my Boothbay from this collection as well, I really love a lot of the patterns in this collection. I’m using the Mighty Stitch yarn from Knit Picks that I originally used on my Garter Raglan back in December. I really love the color of this green and thought it would pair nicely with this vivid blue. Bright green and blue are a favorite color combo of mine. Honestly, I just love color. I’m feeling happier with my knitting so I think I’m reflecting that in my yarn color choices too.
And then I decided to switch it up and to contrast the color block on the sleeves. Instead of just blending in with white sleeves and the white body all the way across I thought it would pop more with green sleeves. I love how it turned out in the end. What I don’t love is when you realize you’ve made a mistake AFTER you’ve blocked it and were putting it on to take a picture.
You see this? It’s a lovely dropped stitch in my sleeve. I knew I was one stitch off when I got to the cuff but couldn’t see it when I was knitting so I thought I just miscounted. Nope. But my friend Lavon pointed out that this is a common thing and she even showed me pictures on Ravelry of designers sweaters with a dropped sleeve stitch. But in reality, that’s how you know it’s handmade – it isn’t perfect. Aside from the dropped stitch this is such a warm and cute piece. I do feel like this is the second Hannah Fettig pattern where I should have done a stretchier bind-off for the ribbing though, so I will need to keep that in mind in the future. But this one isn’t so tight it isn’t wearable, I just think I’d like a bit more give at my hips. And since it’s an acrylic blend yarn, it’s not super hot. This is going to be a nice transitional piece during this weird winter into spring. So tell me, what’s currently on your needles?
10 Replies to “FO: Colorblocked Lesley”
As always Ms DWJ, you literally “shine” in your creations!!! 🙂 What great pics! And thanks for the mention, I feel like a celeb — hooohaaa!!! 😀
I’m doing my gauge swatch for the Shiloh Sweater from Winter 2016 Interweave Knits. I’m using Cascade 220 Natural. And here’s a shout out to Cher…so adorable!
Beautiful sweater Dana! You are inspiring me with all your knitting! I can’t wait to get home from work tonight to really start on my sweater. I don’t have to go anywhere this weekend. It’s going to be super cold here in Chicago through tomorrow and then snow on Sunday. Perfect to stay inside and knit!
I am glad I can inspire folks to get to sweater knitting, it’s my favorite! Also I have checked out that Shiloh sweater and I love the cables and shawl collar! I definitely want to see it when you finish it and this cold weekend in Chicago is definitely a perfect weekend to stay in and knit!
You already know I love this one you but I have to say it again — it looks wonderful. And as for that dropped stitch, just call it a design element. LOLOL!
I was so mad when I saw that dropped stitch but I sewed it in and it’s barely visible…but I know it’s there.
I LOVE how you colorblocked the sleeves differently than the body! It’s fantastic. You’ve been crazy busy! Four adult sweaters is madness!
Thanks! Yeah I’m a bit of a mad sweater knitter but I mostly do worsted weight with a few dk or bulky here and there. It helps make it go faster. I’m actually putting a sweater down that I started this week, I am down to the sleeves, but I need to do a quick baby blanket!