Bryter

It’s simple, cozy and soft. What more do you need to be prepared for Fall, right?

Here it is. Bryter. My first “positive-ease” sweater.

I’m so used to snug cardigans that I really had to control myself not to increase fewer stitches in the yoke or at least shape waist. However, I decided to stay strong and just stick to the plan.  I guess it worked out pretty well.

I was also pretty lucky with this dye lot as the skeins were really brown. You can imagine how happy I am seeing that lavender spots are actually almost non-existent.

Now I just need to grade it and CO for something new. Preferably with negative ease :-D

Have a great day!

Justyna

Perfect combination

Sometimes it’s so hard to mix and match colors together…

About half a year ago I saw this wonderful sweater by the talented Jared Flood. I just fell madly in love with it but postoned casting on as I had no idea what color combination I’d like to use for the yoke. Then new FO pics started appearing on Ravelry in my friends’ feed and I decided to start planning. It would be pretty hard and expensive for me to buy so much Brooklyn Tweed SHELTER as I want to make two Grettirs – one for my husband, one for me. You can imagine how much money that would cost :-) So I decided to stick to well known and loved Cascade Yarn 220.

I’m pretty boring when it comes to my color choices – most of the yarn are buy is green, blue, brown or neutral. And so will my Grettir be.

Picking colors for Marcin was way more difficult and took me three months. Initially I wanted the sweater to be a surprise, but when I saw his reaction after buying “Vaa” colorway from Malabrigo Rios for him, I decided not to risk this time and just ask the man. “Grayish or brownish”. That’s what I heard.

So I started looking for the perfect combination. Unfortunatelly my initial choices had to be altered a bit as either the color was out of stock in the online shops I wanted to buy the yarn from, or there were too few hanks. Anyway, this is what I’ve got in front of me now.

My choice: neutral body and sleeves; sienna, ochre and green for the yoke.
Marcin’s: sienna for the body and sleeves; neutral (220 heathers), brown and green for the yoke.

What do you think? I still haven’t started and maybe I’ll change my mind…

Thankfully the sweater is worked from bottom up so there’s still plenty of time for that.

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Happy knitting!

Justyna

Sailing

I’m so not used to positive ease. Most of my clothes are meant to be worn with zero or little negative ease, most of my sweater designs are similar, but this one is totally different from what I’ve made (or bought) so far. When I was in high school I went through a phase of “big sweaters” (who didn’t?) and this one reminds me those days so much.

It’s so soft and cozy. Every time I try it on I want the summer to be over to be able to wear it all the time.

I made the sleeves first. Since I needed to alternate two strands of yarn in every round I wanted to make sure the color is even all over. I also like making two sleeves at the same time with magic loop technique and that meant having 4 balls attached to my work. It’s troublesome, but I like it that way. It saves me a lot of time and prevents me from getting stalled on a design as I do suffer from a severe “second sleeve syndrome”. So all 4 balls were used and thus I also avoided knots in that part of the garment.

Sleeves are ready and now it’s just plain sailing all the way down to bottom hem so hopefully next time I show the sweater to you, it will be modelled and after blocking.

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Happy knitting everyone!