FO: Glass Ceiling Test Knit

I’ve got another finished object for you! I’m on fire lately. This is a test knit I volunteered to do for one of my favorite designers, Heidi Kirrmaier. She just released the pattern this week, Glass Ceiling and here’s my Ravelry page with all the yarny details.
Glass Ceiling Test Knit
I think 2018 has been my year of stranded colorwork. I’ve been all about it this year, haven’t I? I wanted to volunteer for this one because I like how she writes her patterns and I loved the modern look of the colorwork on this one. And when I thought about the color palette I wanted to use, I went back to my rainbow inspiration I shared earlier this year. Remember this leash and harness?
Dog leash
I used it as the color inspiration for this sweater! I don’t typically do a lot of white (I tend to spill) and when I do I don’t like white ribbing because inevitably I’ll get my brown makeup on it. So I prefer to do a contrasting neckline and cuffs, so I went for the black and white and used the other colors to build my rainbow.
Glass Ceiling Test Knit
Now Jellybean and I can totally coordinate on our walks. LOL But I loved the color palette so much in the harness and leash I knew I needed to translate it into something for myself and this was kind of perfect. I used Berroco Vintage DK in Snow White for the main body color and then used a bunch of different Hikoo Simplicity yarns for the color. From top to bottom it goes True red, Gypsy Red (I say red-orange), Hot Pink, Orchid, Purple and a lovely Cobalt Blue.
Glass Ceiling Test Knit
The Berroco Vintage DK is nice and light, not too wooly and all of this mixed together makes such a soft sweater. I have a feeling I’ll wear this one a lot…as long as I don’t spill anything on it.

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Test Knit: Rumo Cardigan

It’s finally time to share the last test knit I did in September! Meet Rumo, a really great knit.
Rumo Test Knit
I tend to volunteer to test knit for designers I really love and Alice Caetano’s designs are just so smart and her construction is always so clever. I don’t design knits because honestly I think there are amazing designers out there and my mind doesn’t work that way. But I can pick color! This sweater is knit sideways (I love sideways construction, I don’t know why) and it has such a great shape. It’s not your typical cardigan, it has a bit of interest to it with the seam details on the back, sides and sleeves and the squishy garter stitch sleeves are perfect on chilly days. The only seaming is with the sleeves and that I didn’t mind at all.
Rumo Test Knit
I decided to knit this one in a solid so that it could be a closet staple. I love this shade of Berroco Vintage yarn in Black Current. It’s a really rich and bold color that pairs perfectly with a lot of what’s in my closet (I love this color with orange). I bought it a couple of years ago for a sweater for my husband and then he changed his mind on the color. I’m glad to get that sweater quantity out of my stash!
Rumo Test Knit
I really, really love this knit and recommend it if you’re looking for a great closet staple. And added bonus…
Rumo Test Knit
I found one of the new knit collection Swatch watches that matches is beautifully. Clearly I’m knitting obsessed.

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.
Test Pippi
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?
Test Pippi
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.
Test Pippi
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.