I am officially on winter break! I survived my first semester of grad school and teaching and I am going to savor all of these days I’m not in a classroom or on campus. While I was working on my term papers last week I started a sweater off of an idea I had in my head, something to work on in the evenings when I needed a break. I keep pictures of sweater I like in an inspiration folder in my phone and I saw this sweater on Madewell.com. I liked the colorblocking but not the colors.
I kept thinking that I should experiment and see if I could make something like this. I went with some tweedy aran weight yarn from House of a la Mode yarns in Daydream (the lighter color) and Cherry Cola and big needles so it would progress quickly. And because I felt like mixing things up, I added beads to the front of the sweater too.
I knit the back panel, using the shape of another sweater I liked for a guide and then picked up stitches in the pink color for the front and then seamed the sides together. Because I couldn’t get a hook tiny enough to add beads to the sweater, I did a slip stitch method I saw on YouTube to add them to the sweater. I essentially strung the beads on the pink yarn and pulled them up as I needed them. The beads add a little sparkle to the tweed and I like it – expect to see more beaded knits in the future. If I make something like this again, I’d make the needles smaller when picking up stitches for the sleeves since there are little gaps, but otherwise I’m pretty pleased.
And since I had yarn leftover I knit a sweater up for Jellybean. Her sweater was completely seamed. I knit the middle panel, then the back and picked up stitches for the collar after I seamed it together. I whipped this tiny thing up in an evening and she was not excited about being woken up from her nap for fittings.
I realized this semester that even though I didn’t knit every day like I used to do, I did use knitting to help relax and give my brain a break from all of the heavy stuff I read and write about. I’ve been working on a vest for my husband but it was nice to pull out bright yarns to make something fun for myself. Added bonus, figuring out how to execute this design for myself. I plan to knit a lot this break, so hopefully you’ll get to hear a lot more from me over the next month! Tell me, what have you been working on?