I saw a sweater that got my attention because of some of it’s design elements. It was in a catalog. A retail catalog. And it wasn’t cheap. Then I remembered that I knit. Ha, I never really forgot, but sometimes I do look for the easy way out. So, I thought: I can’t buy yarn now, so what do I have that might work. Keep in mind, I do not have the kind of stash that I should be embarassed about, at least I mean by how big it is. It isn’t. And what’s in it is quite random. So, I thought I would blog the process (just for you, Margene) from inspiration to design – eeek! – to well, you get the idea. So here we go.
The inspiration sweater is from J.Jill, you know them, really cute, feminine, over-priced flimsies. This one is called a scrunch-neck sweater. Now, what I like about it besides the overall fit is, it’s updated features, like the deep ribbing and extra-long sleeves. Also, if you look closely, part of the effect of the texture besides the boucle yarn is, it’s reverse stockinette on the body. I like the neck because I like to be warm, and the scrunch neck is a nice change from turtlenecks. I like th fit because I made and wore baggy, oversized sweaters too long and I don’t have to anymore.
Now, I don’t have any boucle yarn, and the only yarn I have that is interesting enough for a simple design is also really soft and I have been dying to find a pattern for it. Artful Yarns Jazz, 50/50 wool and alpaca, discontinued, but I have 7 skeins and they are fat yardage. I won’t need them all.
I also have this book I haven’t used yet and I thought this was a perfect time to break it in. What’s nice about this book is you just plug in your gauge and your size and it tells you how many stitches to cast on and when to begin armhole shaping etc. I will need to make some adjustments for the deeper ribbings but other than that, it shouldn’t be too complicated.
I also had already knitted a swatch (using US8, recommended for the yarn), so I pulled it out and flipped it over to see if I liked the reverse stockintte. I think it’ll do. So now, just have to get started playing around with the sleeves first (much less stiches to have to rip) as I try to determine the depth of the ribbing. Also, do I have to use a smaller needle for the ribbed cuffs? According to the photo from the catalog, the cuffs do not seem to be tightly knit, and they seem to flow right into the body pattern without a lot of definition.
So, am I in over my head already? I want a sweater out of this yarn and I haven’t found one till now that I liked enough to commit. Is this project worth the trouble?