After years of knitting store samples almost exclusively, Lisa and I have been knitting a few things for ourselves lately so, while BlueSand is a brand-spanking new cardigan now living in the shop, Lizzie has happily taken up residence in my own closet. Complete details for both projects have now been added to our Ravelry project page. 🙂
Lizzie by Julie Weisenberg / Cocoknits
As many of you will know, Julie Weisenberger’s (Cocoknits) beautiful new book – Sweater Workshop – landed in store a couple of months ago and we were immediately smitten by the beautiful tailored, seamless, top-down sweater designs found within its pages. Employing the Cocoknits Method, a system of tracking knitting progress in an easy to follow chart, each pattern features styling techniques that enhance the overall fit and customizability of the garment.
I decided to cast on the Lizzie pattern first and chose The Fibre Company’s luscious Acadia (a merino, alpaca, and silk blend) to allow this to function as a transitional spring to summer garment. Although I’ve knit several Cocoknits patterns before, there were several new-to-me techniques employed in shaping the neck, yoke, and shoulders involved here that were so interesting – like putting together a puzzle. I loved the learning process and am absolutely thrilled with the look those techniques gave the top of this sweater. More than that, the fit and the way this cardigan sits perfectly only my shoulders without slipping or shifting has made me a convert to this style of sweater construction!
SHOP Acadia yarn in our webstore.
BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie
The BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie has long been a pattern we thought would make a great store sample and, early this spring, we finally settled on the yarn and palette we wanted to use. Our Sasha knit this up for us in a flash and we couldn’t be happier with the result! Knit with ARTFIL Mericana DK, a 100% superwash 4-ply merino, the fabric of this sweater is soft and smooth but strong, springy, and pill-resistant. ARTFIL yarns are “spray-painted” in an eco-friendly manner and the process of building up the dye in layers allows for the creation of deep saturated colourways that are so beautiful knit up. The pattern itself is easy to follow and there are so many unique details included in the process – texture, stripes, i-cord, etc. – that the knitting of this sweater never gets boring.
SHOP Artfil Mericana in our webstore.