I’m on a roll with finishing off knits that have been on my needles for way too long. The pattern for the Linus sweater comes with instructions for a pullover and a cardigan and last year I opted for the cardigan. When I made Jellybean a pullover Linus I knew I wanted to make myself one too. But of course I had to be different and make it in cotton. I used my go to cotton yarn, Berroco Modern Cotton in the color Waterfire and I used Birdies Knits cotton fingering in Day Dreams, a pale pink with gold, blue and dark pink speckles.
I’ve talked before about my love of two-color brioche knitting. I love the fabric it creates and the ability to use so much color. The only downside is that it creates a really dense fabric with two strands of yarn and while that’s great for a wrap, it can be overwhelming in a pullover sweater. So I decided I’d give two-color brioche a try in a pullover but with cotton, even considering the fact that brioche is stretchy and so is cotton fiber but I was determined to give it a try.
I knew the style of sweater would give me a boxy fit and I decided I would make it cropped in case it stretched. The only major stretching I got was with the v neck so I ended up seaming up the v neck a bit because it was too low. Otherwise, I wasn’t made with my stretchy cotton experiment.
You can see my little bit of seaming when you get up close but it’s not bad. I also wore it all day yesterday after I took these pictures and it didn’t stretch out. When I blocked this, I washed it on delicate and popped it in the dryer on low. I love cotton yarns and I honestly love the feel of Berroco’s Modern Cotton, hence why I keep knitting projects with it. It’s a really perfect cotton yarn and the price isn’t bad at all.
This month I’m working on two test knits and I’ve also decided I want to knit a sweater for Kristy Glass’s virtual Rhinebeck ‘Tell Me About Your Sweater’ project. I want to knit the Homecoming Cardi by Shay Johnson in a super bright pink with another neon rainbow rain – I need something bright to help me make it through the fall. This year has been tough but I’m determined to not let it break me, so I’ll knit happy things. Anyone else knitting a virtual Rhinebeck sweater and sharing it with Kristy? Tell me what pattern is on your list!