Test Knit: Pippi Sweater

I finally get to reveal that test knit I was working on in July! The Pippi pullover pattern by Rebekka Mauser has been released and it’s part of the Fisherman’s Blues collection.
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I have wanted to knit more pullovers for myself so when the opportunity to test knit this one came along I was happy to volunteer. And of course I had to put my own spin on it. Instead of keeping all the stripes the same I decided to change my stripes every 4th row and to reverse the colors on the sleeves than what I did on the body. Why not?
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This is a top down sweater but I feel like it’s also kind of a modified drop shoulder. You have a lot of opportunity to play with color and she gives you options to also make this in a cardigan version. It’s like getting two patterns in one! I also want to adapt this and make a tiny version for Cher and Jellybean, I’ve got enough leftover yarn.
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I choose a more autumnal color palette for this one. I love blue and peach together so I decided to use Berroco Vintage DK in Fondant (peach), Pumpkin (rust) and Breezeway (blue-green). I really like how this yarn washes up. I toss it in the washing machine on delete cycle and let it air dry. It washes up beautifully.
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I love playing around with color palettes and this was just such a unique color combo I went for it. I honestly can’t wait for cooler fall days to wear some of these great sweaters I’ve been working on lately. My latest test knit is down to the sleeves! I’m hoping to wrap it up this week.

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FO: Friday’s & Madness

It’s Friday!
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I can’t believe April is almost over! But if May means we get warmer temps I’m happy for time to keep speeding on by me. I’m totally ready for summer and I’m ready to start more cotton colorowork projects. I realized I finished another Madness hat (remember my first one for practice that I gave to my friend Jess) but hadn’t shared this hat because it’s been grey and dreary so I haven’t taken any real pictures…but I’ll share anyway.
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I bought a new spring/fall coat to replace a beloved bright green and blue plaid coat. I love Boden’s Waterproof Mac, they’re lined, have detachable hoods and have carried me into January when the weather is mild and then carry me through spring’s rainy and cold days. But my green and blue plaid version was showing some wear and tear and they had a 40% off sale so I decided to buy a new bold grey and white polka dot version at the best price point. That also meant I needed a new hat. After hemming and hawing and going back and forth on what color palette I wanted with the coat I ended making another Madness Hat. I used up using a little bit of the sparkly grey Tempting Ewe Sparkly DK and some leftover Madelinetosh Twist DK in Snowcone Shack that I used in this sweater.
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I prefer the side where the colorful yarn is more dominant than the sparkle. But hey, whatever mood I’m in is the side I can wear. That’s the beauty of brioche. Also if you’re interested in the Madness Hat pattern it’s intended for bulky weight but I’ve actually made it with worsted weight and now  this dk weight version. A few people said they felt it was big with bulky weight so I just took it down a needle size and yarn weight and it’s a closer fit for sure. Maybe once the skies clear up I’ll get pics of me wearing my hat and my coat.

Stitching Status: Spring Spirit

It has been freezing here in Maryland/DC even after our big snow and it’s definitely not feeling spring like at all. But I know it’s coming and I’m knitting!

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Jellybean would like to switch to her lighter layers soon.

I’ve still got my Tamsyn neutral sweater on my needles but I haven’t made much progress since I finished my Mom’s sweater. I’m working on the body of a Carbeth for my cousin but on my snow day I couldn’t resist starting something else new for myself that was swirling around in my brain. I have a swing coat I love that I bought from Anthropologie almost 2 years ago now but I’ve always known I could make something better. Plus every time I wear it everyone asks if I made it and I knew I could I just needed more confidence in making my own stuff.
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So I pulled out this Miss Babs Yowza in Dahlia (the peachy coral shade) and Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in Bollywood and have been making up my own version of a swing coat with wide sleeves for spring. I’m doing the sleeves, trim and pockets in the variegated Bollywood shade and the body in the bright coral. I already had to frog back a few rows because the box pleat I wanted to do just didn’t work out the way I wanted but I’ve already got other ideas on how to give it the shape I want. I’m super proud of myself for even being able to frog back and just work the two rows over. Before I would’ve panicked and probably started it all over but with time comes more confidence and knowledge. I’m excited about the possibility of what I can create and I’m hoping that if I knit myself a cute spring jacket it will help usher on spring.

So what are you working on?