I decided I would join Kristy Glass’s virtual Rhinebeck Sweater parade. this year since I couldn’t go back to Rhinebeck. Why not! It gave me a goal and a project to work towards for fall so I went for it and I finished my Homecoming Cardi just in time.
Shay Johnson is the designer behind the Homecoming cardi and a friend. I was with her at the beginning of the year at Vogue Knitting Live in NY (when we could go out and be in crowds and see people) when she initially launched the pattern and I thought the pattern was so cute that I put it on my list to eventually knit. It’s got details that make it look like a varsity jacket and I loved that since I had one of my own. Of course I decided to take my own spin on colors with it and decided to knit it with three colors instead of two.
For the body main color, I used Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Pucker, a SUPER bright neon pink and I had two skeins of Mighty Stitch in Eggplant that I used for the sleeves. For the mosaic stitch pattern on the body, I used Knitty and Color’s Unicorns vs. Sharpies colorway for little fun pops of color. There’s a lot of purple in that colorway so that’s why I went for the dark purple sleeves. Honestly, I just wanted to knit something fun and bright because I’m exhausted by everything these days and this was a perfect distraction.
Back in the 1990’s I was a high school cheerleader, on a Varsity squad that won a district championship. I had a letter jacket and everything. Well, for some reason, 17 year old Dana bought a HUGE varsity jacket because that’s what was in style back then and 42 year old Dana can totally fit her jacket today. So of course I had to take a photo to compare the two.
I still can’t believe I fit my jacket but it is a large, so clearly future me knew I would want to wear it eventually. So did you knit a virtual Rhinebeck sweater? What pattern? What yarn? Share!