Sometimes I see patterns and IMMEDIATELY know what yarn I have at home that will be perfect for it and sometimes I hold onto yarn waiting for the perfect project. I’ve had some Berroco Weekend in my yarn room for years. I swear, every time I fall in love with a Berroco yarn they discontinue it and break my heart. I like Weekend because it’s a cotton and acrylic blend that is light enough for summer but still wearable in the winter. So when I saw the Gold Star sweater pattern (Ravelry link) I immediately looked up the yardage and realized I could use up the very last of the Berroco Weekend in my stash for this one (I also knit a Dustland sweater one of the colors earlier in the year that I have to photograph and talk about too).
The one note about knitting colorwork with cotton is it doesn’t block out as smoothly as it does with wool. You can see a little bit of pucker on my yoke but honestly, it doesn’t bother me. So I keep knitting with cotton so I can have pieces I can wear all year long. I really love this combo of mint green, dark green and red, the red gives just enough of a POP of color to make it really fun and without it looking like it’s a Christmas sweater.
It does have a little bit of working three colors at one time at the bottom of the red points but it wasn’t enough to deter me from knitting such a graphic pattern. Sometimes I avoid three color colorwork because it’s a hassle but often it’s just for a few rows and then it’s over and you get something really beautiful. I did opt for short sleeves on this one since it is cotton and I can wear it in the summer and if it’s really cold I can always layer a tee underneath it in the winter.
I can actually see myself knitting a grey, black and red version for my husband because he likes a fun colorwork yoke and I love knitting him sweaters. This is definitely a pattern I would make again, it’s too pretty to resist!
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Lovely Darling and Happy Holiday 😊
Very beautiful!! Awesome information you shared about your experience working with cotton. I have not worked with it except to knit a baby blanket. I love your sweater. Can’t wait to see what you make for your husband. I look forward to more sweater pictures !
I love your sweater!
Really pretty! I love the colors as well as the pattern.
Lovely sweater and perfect coloring with the skirt .
Really beautiful work; such well done stitching and great color choices!
That’s a great sweater! I love how you used greens where Maxim Cyr used the grays – It WOULD be a great sweater for your husband. I hope you make it!
This is a beautiful sweater! The colors are great!
Beautiful sweater, love the detail!
Ooh, this looks so great! That’s a beautiful sweater.