It has been 8 months since I started my second Guthrie sweater and I finally finished it. This pattern is so fun to knit so I would just knit a few rows at a time, almost like a little treat. No pressure or deadlines, just knitting for the pleasure of it because I can. I knit this one completely with Berroco Modern Cotton yarn(if you want to try it out, I’ve bought it through Little Knits and it’s 25% off, not the full range of colors but still a good selection). I think this is my favorite cotton yarn to use for colorwork, it glides smoothly in my hands and it finishes nicely. Here’s a closer look.
I lightly steam blocked this for photos but I’ve since washed it and let it air dry and it has smoothed out my few little wrinkles I had left. Knitting with cotton means the wool doesn’t really expand once you block it, so there isn’t a ton of stretch, but if you know your gauge and try it on as you go I think you’ll come out with a piece like this that you love.
The last time I knit a Guthrie sweater I used the Modern Cotton DK weight and another wool blend yarn and it’s a very fitted sweater, so with this one I wanted to use the worsted weight to get a bit of ease to it so it’s not so close to the body. I got exactly what I wanted with my second version. And I initially intended to make this long or three quarter length sleeves but felt like short was just the way to go. I love it, love it, love it and already know I’ll knit this one again. Have any questions about knitting with cotton you want me to answer? Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!