Dashes Knit Sweater
May 12, 2017
The Dashes Knit Sweater is a knitting pattern I recently designed. This sweater features a textured stitch pattern, short sleeves and a scoop neckline.
The yarn used to knit this sweater is from the Plymouth yarn company. It is called Monte Donegal Hand Dyed yarn. The yarn is a blend of Alpaca, Merino Wool, Acrylic and Rayon. It is not super soft but it is comfortable against the skin and has a nice drape for a sweater. Other cotton or acrylic weight yarns would also work well for this sweater in my opinion – maybe even a Noro yarn.
The sweater is knit with a size US 7 knitting needle. I used circular knitting needles but straight could also be used – although once you get to the sleeve area you may want circular needles to accommodate the larger stitch count.
This sweater is knit in two pieces and then sewn together. If you are familiar with knit and purl stitches, casting on stitches in a project and seaming knit pieces together then you can complete this sweater.
The photo above is a close up view of the stitch pattern. It is easier to see what it looks like on this solid color yarn than the Monte Donegal yarn I knit the sweater with. The pattern is a four row repeat and very easy to follow.
To learn more about the pattern you can visit my Etsy shop. I will also have it available on Craftsy and Ravlery and here on my website.
I am currently designing another short sleeve sweater pattern in a cotton yarn that will be coming soon to my Etsy shop and website.
Have a great day!
Red Stripes Knit Sweater
February 11, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rib Knit Tunic Sweater
April 17, 2015
This is a project that I actually finished a month or so ago but have not gotten around to posting about it. I don’t know where time goes these days but it sure does go by quickly.
This tunic style sweater was designed by me with a fun rib knit stitch. Even though I finished it closer to spring than winter I have been able to wear it a couple of times since it has been a cooler spring so far. Also, I plan to be able to wear it in the coming fall and winter since it is a classic style.
I am currently working out the final details for the pattern for this sweater and I will have it available soon in my etsy shop and on craftsy.
The weather is starting to get warmer lately so I will be breaking out the lace or cotton weight yarns and designing some new wraps and sweaters with them. Currently I am working on finishing a worsted weight wrap pattern that I will be sharing on my blog soon and I also have a cardigan sweater pattern that I am designing in a worsted weight.
What knitting or crochet projects are you currently working on? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear about them.
Have a good weekend!
Ripple and Lace Knit Sweater
January 17, 2015
This sweater is a recently finished knitting design of mine. I have designed many cowls, scarves and shawls and decided to give sweaters a try.
This is not the first time I have knit a sweater but it is the first time I have actually designed a sweater with my own idea. It was a lot of fun and I love the way it turned out. I have already wore it several times.
The idea for this sweater began first with the variegated yarn which is Red Heart Soft. I then found a pretty ripple scallop sytle stitch to use for the lower edge and the ends of the sleeves using this yarn.
For the middle section I chose a lace, openwork, stitch and switched to a solid color yarn to bring out one of the colors in the variegated yarn – this part is the brown. I also knew I had made some brown leggings last winter and that they would match perfectly.
The top part of the sweater and the top of the sleeves are knit in another stitch – the stockinette stitch – and I switched to the turquoise color yarn for this part to bring out the turquoise blue in the variegated yarn.
I really enjoyed using my creative ideas to knit this sweater. I am currently taking a class on craftsy to learn sweater designing techniques. Hopefully I will be able to offer this pattern in multiple sizes – currently I have it written for a small to medium size and it will be available soon on craftsy and in my etsy shop.
Craftsy is a wonderful place to take online courses to learn new skills. I have taken many of their knitting and sewing classes and have always learned a lot from them. Below is an affiliate link to take you to craftsy if you are interested in checking out any of their knitting classes. They have classes for beginners as well as advanced knitters. This weekend, January 17 and 18, 2015, many of their classes will be half off – this is a great time to give a craftsy class a try or to stock up on classes you have on your wish list.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Lace Tee Knitting Project
September 17, 2014
The lace tonal tee that I was working on for a KAL with the Artyarns group on Ravelry is complete. I actually have had it done for a few weeks but had to block it – which I did last week and I wore it to church this past Sunday. Also, it has been too hot here to wear it until this past weekend when it really cooled down here in Texas.
I am really proud of knitting this lace tee – sweater. I believe this is one of the most intricate lace projects I have ever done. The whole sweater is knit on circular knitting needles and knit in the round so there is no seaming . The project was part of a KAL – knit along – in a group on Ravelry for Aryarns. I think the only way to get the pattern right now is to do the KAL. The link to the KAL is: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-tonal-tee-knitalong
The above photo gives you a close up view of the lace pattern. The pattern is suppose to have more of a sleeve with the diamond border but I ran out of yarn and hated to have to order one more skein just for a few more rows. So, I just finished the sleeve with a round of knit and then the bind off for a small cap sleeve. I think it turned out fine.
The Regal Silk yarn from Artyarns that this is made with is a lovely yarn to knit with. The project is actually suppose to be knit with various skeins in a tonal color scheme but I already had this color in Parrot so I decide to just use it. Also, less weaving in of ends after the project is done since I didn’t do all of the color changes.
I plan to knit another one of these in the future. I think I will make it a little shorter though and not do an extra round of the middle diamonds as called for in the pattern. This is more of a tunic length for me. Also, I learned that the 100 percent silk yarn is very stretchy. Since this was my first time using this yarn or making this type of sweater I didn’t realize it was going to “grow” as you put it on. That’s okay though. I like how it looked with my tiered skirt that I made a few months ago and I think it will also look great with some leggings in one of the colors.
I hope everyone is having a good week. I am currently working on some new crochet and knitting pattern designs. Fall is in the air here in Texas and scarf, shawl and sweater season is soon to be here.