I get asked a lot how do I determine what sweater to make next and it’s honestly whatever tickles my fancy. When I saw the pattern for this I thought I’d make it because it was a cute striped sweater. I liked the circular yoke and the split hem and I thought about making it in cotton so I had an all year kind of pullover.
And then I got my order of Birdies Knits worsted weight cotton and I just wanted to cast on something with it immediately – but what? I know most people don’t think of a variegated colors for stripes, but I’m not most people. It felt like it would work. It’s so fun and I love picking out all the little colors in the speckles.
And then I decided I wanted to pair it with another cotton yarn to make something fun and this pattern was just the right one at the right time. I mixed the Birdies Knits cotton in Umbrella Drink with Berroco Pima 100 in Evergreen – which looks more teal than dark green to me. But I could see little flecks of the solid green running through the variegated color and I knew it would work.
For Jellybean’s version I stayed true to the pattern. Her stripe repeats were only 8 rows long vs my 24 rows long stripes. But she got the split him and all the same tiny details around the collar and finished edges that my version got. That’s the part I like most about making dog sweaters, I make tiny replicas of patterns I really loved making for myself. It makes it kind of special and fun to have something that we can match in when I want us to be coordinated (which is often).
Making Jellybean’s sweater doesn’t take much time or effort but it sure does bring me joy. And she sure is cute in it.
I’m happy, she’s warm – that’s all the matters.