FO: Tecumseh Sweater

I finished it! I finished my Tecumseh sweater and of course it’s freezing cold on the East Coast and I can’t wear it without having to layer it. While I was making it I decided since I was using a cotton blend yarn that I would make this a short sleeved sweater. We typically have more hot than cold weather in Maryland and DC and of course as soon as I made this short sleeved the temps dropped. Oh well. I’m wearing it anyway.
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I have a feeling this will get worn a lot this summer. Partially because I’m so proud that I did it. Pretty floats and all on the backside. And practically because it’s hot and this is light, loose and flowy. Perfect for those humid days. The only modification I made to this pattern was the shortening of the sleeves, otherwise I didn’t stray from the pattern at all. The color possibilities are endless for this sweater and I want to do a wool version with navy blue as the main color and pops of teal and pink. Also I love this version with speckled white and shades of green.
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I also really love this top because the green goes so well with my Sandagren clogs. I’ve loved clogs since I was little and always have 2 to 3 pairs and when I saw this fun closed back clog with a cutout I wanted it but didn’t pull the trigger. Then I went on Amazon to order dog food and the same clogs popped up as a suggestion for me but they offered them in a shade of green! I knew I had to have them. They also have them in a darker base with darker nubuck shades for fall.
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Usually I can wait on a purchase but that perfect Kelly green made me say I needed to snap these up since they’re in limited inventory. They’re super comfy and add a little fun to my wardrobe. I wear a pop of green like people wear a pop of red. It’s my favorite color. I also realized these are my first real pics I’ve taken with my new haircut. It has already grown so much in just two short weeks. I’m getting used to it and it helps that I’ve had so many great compliments from everyone.
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And as always, no photo session is complete without one or both dogs joining me. As soon as I sat down Jellybean hopped right in my lap.

I know I’m going to make this sweater again, so maybe a fall knit along?

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Stitching Status: Spring Is That You?

It’s Friday and I woke up to spring like weather and it’s glorious. Of course we’ll have the ups and downs but I’m so happy it’s starting to feel like spring. And you know what else I’m excited about?
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My Tecumseh sweater is coming along! This picture is actually from Wednesday and by the end of the day Thursday I was already halfway through the last block of colorwork. I’ll still have to do one more set of the design on each sleeve but the sleeves are way fewer stitches than the body. I’m just so excited to have finally gotten to the point where I could separate for sleeves. I feel like I’m really making progress. AND I love the oversized fit and how bright this is. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to finish this one.
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Whenever I feel like I’m getting in a groove Cher brings me back to earth and sits on my knitting to remind me that my main job is to give her rubs – not to knit.
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Meanwhile Jellybean is just content to be in my lap as long as I’m sitting still. But I’m hoping to have enough quiet time over the weekend to finish the body and make good progress on the sleeves. I’ve also volunteered for a new test knit so I’ve got to get to swatching for that too!

What will you be working on this weekend?

Stitching Status: Tecumseh Pullover

I don’t think I’ve been this excited to work on a sweater in a long time.
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My yarn came Saturday afternoon and I quickly wrapped up my cousin’s Carbeth sweater so I could start on my Tecumseh sweater that night. A lot of knitters will tell you that there are some things that you feel like you have to make in order to call yourself a legit knitter. Some people will say they don’t feel like they’re a legit knitter until they make a sweater (example, Gaye from GGmadeit thought a pullover made her legit but she knits tons of things!), some say socks or a fingering weight shawl. I have always felt like I needed to do real colorwork to say I was doing something with my knitting. Crazy I know. I’ve knit a bajillion sweaters, tackled making socks (although not in fingering weight) and I’ve done multiple shawls and more. But colorwork…that was going to push my boundaries and I was itching to finally tackle my fears.
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Look at those floats! GAH!! I’m so excited. Now I still don’t hold my yarn probably the correct way and the finger guards seemed to get in my way so I’m just doing what feels comfortable to me and sticking with it. I find that consistency is key. I’m also paying attention to my tension and trying to ensure that my stitches aren’t too tight or pulling. This is a cotton blend yarn but I’ve found that this Berroco Weekend DK doesn’t stretch as much as the Berroco Modern Cotton that I use for summer garments. I think this might be just right for a summer weight sweater.
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I’m also super happy with my bright color palette. It’s making me so excited for spring. Now if you’re also considering knitting this right along with me, just know there are a ton of stitches. LOL I have not even separated for sleeves yet and I’m at 380+ stitches on my needle. This sweater is meant to be roomy so consider that when picking your size. I’ve been thinking of it as a fun, casual piece to throw on with jeans on the weekend but I could totally see wearing it with a slim pencil skirt too. But before I style it up in my head, I need to finish it. But I’m happy to plug away at this baby and I’ll be sharing my progress and taking pics along with the way.

So is anyone else joining me and casting on the Tecumseh too?!