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.
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!