Stitching Status: Summer Knitting is On!

The month of May started off insanely hectic and busy for me but as the month is winding down I’m feeling a lot better about everything. My husband doesn’t have to travel for a while AND we’re taking time off starting tomorrow in celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary! I’ve got a 5 day weekend (Monday’s a holiday) with my favorite guy with reservations to some of our favorite restaurants and no real plans…well I do hope to get in a little knitting.
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I’ve already started on my Durumi sweater, that I’ll be making into a tee. There’s only a tiny bit of colorwork in this one and somehow I managed to mess up the first row 3 times before I got my count right. LOL Good thing I have confidence now in ripping back stitches.
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Yesterday I finished off the little bit of blue colorwork and I’m working my way to getting to fasten off for sleeves. This is going to be a pretty quick knit, which is great because the temps are definitely rising. I think I’ll make bottom ribbing my red orange color (remember that yarn from this sweater?) and the ribbing on the short sleeves will be the blue color. I’m also hoping that I have enough of the tan color leftover so I can make Jellybean a mini version of the Durumi sweater too because why not? Making tiny dog replica sweaters is hilarious to me. And speaking of dogs…
Me and the Bean
Whenever I set up the camera to take pictures for the blog (this was for my Dotted Rays) one or both of the dogs always makes their way over and pulls up on my leg demanding to be included. How can I not oblige? And since it’s our wedding anniversary tomorrow, here’s a flashback to May 24, 2003.
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Gosh, we looked like babies!

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FO: Saddle Shoulder Striped Tee

I’m giddy.
Striped saddle shoulder sweater
I love this top so much. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE IT. I finished my Saddle Shoulder Striped Tee and am already wearing it. So let’s get into the details on this project.

Here’s my initial inspiration sweater photo compared to what I actually made:
Comparing sweaters
I wanted the following:

  • A short sleeve tee for summer made using saddle shoulder construction.
  • I didn’t want a lot of ease and for it to be a fairly fitted crew neck (not too tight) so I can wear it with an a line or full skirt.
  • COLOR! You guys know me and know how much I love color and so I picked a bunch of Berroco Pima 100 in varying colors I liked and just went with it. I was surprised at how close I was to some of the colors in the original sweater.

In the end I think this was a great finished object. It’s not perfect (few knits are) but I think I did a solid job on this one without really knowing how this was going to all come together. Also the yarn worked up well and wasn’t hard on my hands like some other cotton yarns.
Striped saddle shoulder sweater
For another saddle shoulder style sweater I would run a pattern like an open chevron lace on the saddle so I could carry it all the way down the arm of the sweater. That’s what makes it such a useful design technique. And in regards to how you construct it, thank my friend and reader Lavon for realizing it’s a lot like turning a heel on a sock.
Striped saddle shoulder sweater
The saddle stitches are live and you pick up the stitches around the armhole. Add in some short row shaping for the sleeve cap and then you’ve got a sleeve to work with! It’s not a difficult technique at all. And I’d say the fit is more in line with a raglan style and not as close under the arm as a seamed sweater would be.
Striped saddle shoulder sweater
So I’ve started off my summer staples knitting with a bang. I can’t wait to knock out more tops for myself and I’ve still got yarn leftover from this project so you may see these colors in a striped tank too! So what plans do you have for summer knitting? What projects are topping your list?

In My Queue : Togue Pond

Togue Pond
I have a million things in my queue, always. But I am also an easily distracted knitter. I love knitting sweaters but at some point the body construction bores me to tears. So I do something quick in between. I’m currently working on a cardigan for my cousin, who I love knitting for because she is the smallest size so things move quickly. I’ve got the bottom completed and just have the picked up stitch ribbing and the sleeves left to do, but the body bored me. So when I got bored I whipped up a tie for my husband and now he wants more! So of course as I was working on this neverending cardigan and then this quick tie I decided to buy yarn for the Togue Pond tank.

I’m tempted to put the cardigan down and whip this up for my trip to Savannah with my husband coming up. I mean, who doesn’t need a light and breezy tank? I picked up some more of my favorite Berroco Modern Cotton in a neutral grey shade. I loved this yarn so much after making my North Fork a few weeks ago, I knew I needed to make myself another summer friendly knit. I favorited this pattern in Ravelry a year ago after reading about it on Karen’s blog, Fringe Association (I love knitting blogs, love them!). And after doing more and more complex things I decided to not be afraid of a bottom up project. Plus, this is a Pam Allen project and I like how her patterns are written, so clearly this is a must knit for me.

Okay, I’ve talked myself into this. I’m swatching tonight and putting the cardigan on hold. Maybe I’ll pick the cardigan back up and work on it in the car…I mean, it’s always cold in Chicago so there’s no urgency to making this, right?