With autumn beginning, it’s time to start thinking about warming knits. I do this every year: plan to knit several sweaters for the coming winter during the summer so that I am Organised And Efficient, and of course I completely lose the knitting plot over the summer and then decide that it’s not worth it because Christmas is just around the corner.
Now, based on the weather we had this past year, I could still be wearing sweaters next May, which means that it’s very much worth knitting something for myself. The problem is that I have a squillion patterns favourited and then still get distracted by the shiny new ones. I also have a sweater already on the needles which I am not in love with for several reasons: the small gauge, the fluffy yarn and the yarn company ignoring me. So guess what project isn’t exactly enticing me to knit it?
I’ve had a long think about it, and decided that all I need to successfully knit myself a sweater are the following:
- A simple but not boring pattern of…
- … a style that I normally wear
- Knitted in either a thicker-than-fingering-weight yarn or…
- … if fingering-weight, something smooth and slippery that doesn’t drive me nuts to knit with
Boxy fits my style requirements, but it was So Very Dull to knit and the yarn made me a bit sad. I still have a hankering for Robin, but after Rose’s stripey sweater, I am a bit off striping. I was ripe, dear readers, for a bit of new shiny distraction.
I love this sweater. The longer back hem is perfect for my obsession with bum-covering, (though I’d make the body longer) and the pattern is easy but interesting (bobbles!). It’s seamed, obviously, because it’s a Sirdar pattern, but that doesn’t bother me as much as it once would have. I am not going to knit this in the recommended yarn because of the wool content, but do want a dark green one, so will have a pleasant afternoon of yarn choosing at some point, only to go with something safe like Stylecraft Special DK.
However first of all I going to use the next week or two to crack on with the two outstanding sweaters on the needles for Rose and I haven’t even got to the hat I started for myself, have I..? This sweater is going to be my knitting carrot in order to clear up the mess that is my knitting bag.