Red Stripes Knit Sweater

My most recently finished knitting project is a sweater that I designed using various red yarns and a white yarn.  The idea for the sweater began from the knitting stitch a friend of mine was using to knit a baby blanket.  I had some various red yarns, a skein of this and that, all in medium weights, and I wanted to combine them and use them up.  I decided it would be best to alternate them with some white yarn since some of the yarns were a dark red and other were a true red, or a red with sparkles in the yarn.  Front and back views of red stripes sweater knit by Kimberlee from Kimberlees Korner

I am really happy with the way the sweater turned out and the fit.  I am also happy that I got it done in time to wear for Valentine’s day.  My husband commented that I would be ready for Christmas, too – especially if I added a green accent to it –  so I guess it can be worn for a couple of holidays.

Yarns used to knit red stripes sweater from Kimberlees Korner

As I mentioned before the yarns I used were various medium weight yarns.  Three of the yarns were the Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn – which is a great yarn for sweaters, in my opinion.  It knits well and there are tons of colors.  The other two yarns were Red Heart that I had left over from other projects.  The one was Red Heart Sparkle, which I only used for a couple of stripes in the body of the sweater.  I ran low with this one and I didn’t think I had enough for the sleeves so I left that one out of the sleeves.  The other yarn was Red Heart Soft in a wine color.

Close up View of knit stitch used for red stripes sweater from Kimberlees Korner

Above is a larger, close up view, of the sweater so you can see the stitch.  It is mainly stockinette with a ridge in between each color change.  The sweater has garter rows for the sleeve edges and the lower band and at the top neckline and shoulder area.

Side view of red stripes sweater from Kimberlees Korner

The sleeves I designed to be a 3/4 sleeve.  I decided that would be best since sometimes in February we have slightly warmer days and if it does happen to be cooler I can wear a shirt underneath, as in the photos.  I kind of like a 3/4 sleeve on sweaters that way they don’t get wet when you wash or hands or do dishes.

Red Stripes Sweater design from Kimberlees Korner

Overall I am pleased with my new sweater and look forward to knitting another one – maybe in shades of blue with a light gray in place of the white.  I am thinking that combination would look good with jeans.  Eventually I will have the pattern for the sweater available in my etsy, craftsy and ravelry shops.

What are you currently knitting or crocheting?  Let me know by leaving a comment.

-Kimberlee

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6 thoughts on “Red Stripes Knit Sweater

  1. sue

    Your jumper looks great and I like the different colours of red used. It is nearly the end of summer where I live so the knitting needles will be coming out soon. Thank you for linking up and sharing your handiwork with us at #Overthemoon. Have a lovely week.

     
    1. kimberlee kimberlee

      Thanks for the compliment, Sue. I know it is hard to knit in the summer – I try and do smaller projects then or lace items with lighter weight yarn.

       
  2. ALi

    Love it! My goal is to eventually gain enough confidence to knit a sweater (just started knitting). Plan on making a crochet cardigan in 2016.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂

     
    1. kimberlee kimberlee

      Knitting a sweater really isn’t too hard. Basically it is just getting all the pieces knit and then sewing them together. Good luck with your crocheted cardigan.