I finished this knit a couple of weeks ago but didn’t get the time to photograph it until this weekend. It’s something I came up with, so there isn’t a pattern but I still thought I’d share here and what I decided to do.
When I was at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC I walked into the Fiberist’s booth and immediately made a beeline to this yarn. It was mainly an off white but with a rainbow and I knew it was going to come home with me.
The yarn is their Newton Worsted, 60% merino and 40% silk, it’s like and has a lovely drape to it and it feels amazing in your hands. This color is called Scarlet Macaw and it was one they had just experimented with for VKL and I scooped up two skeins, happily.
Initially I thought I was going to make a vest but with the silk and the drape I decided this was perfect for spring and I needed to make a drapey, oversized tee. I went with a raglan style knit, decided to do the math to make it for about a 46 chest (I typically wear a 40) and see how it worked with drape and ease. I went with a crew neck style, and I did just a tiny bit of short row shaping on the back because I like that. I also love that the sleeve hits right at my elbow and it’s just this breezy knit top. It’s perfect. I also decided as I was knitting it that the reverse was the side I liked the most to show off the rainbow, so that’s the side I decided was the right side. Essentially it’s just reverse stockinette stitch. And then I decided to add one more special touch…
Embroidery! I’ve been itching to embroider my knits but kept thinking it would only look good on solid colored fabric. Nope! It totally worked with my rainbow. So I sketched out my name and stitched away, now it really has a nice personal touch to a hand knit piece.
This year I want to experiment more, play with different shapes, yarn weights and styles – there will be some patterns that I use (I’m obsessed and plan to make the Swallowtail Sweater) but there will be lots of things that I don’t make patterns for because I just want to see what I can come up with. I know for some that’s frustrating when they come to my blog. I get it, you want a pattern but it’s just a way for me to figure out how I want to express myself in knitting. Has anyone else embroidered their knits? Are you as obsessed as I am?