First things first: Thank you all so much for your suggestions regarding the blue SSKAL sweater! Here’s what it looks like now:
Your comments really helped me decide what to do with the sweater. Many of you voted sleeves, and the more I thought about them the more I liked them. Many of you who voted tank mentioned that I could wear it in the other seasons as a layering piece – and the more I thought of that, the more I realized that I couldn’t envision it layering well in cooler weather. I started daydreaming about a slightly-slouchy fall piece, and then it was all over but the knitting.
On to the winner of our little contest! The random number generator chose Annie, who said:
A tank in that luscious shade of blue silk would pair beautifully with a summer skirt. The tank would also look striking and flattering over a white cotton blouse or knit top paired with jeans, pants or shorts. Keep it as a tank!
So some lovely sweater yarn will be headed her way! And I’ll be wearing my own fall sweater (and sharing it with you) very soon.
But wait! There’s more! Because in the meantime, with the chilly mornings and evenings around here, I’ve been wearing this:
I’m very excited to share my first design of the fall, Seguin.
Seguin is inspired, like so many of my designs, by the beautiful place I grew up on the coast of Maine. Not only in terms of the weather – though we definitely wear lots of sweaters there! But also in terms of the scenery. I spent a good chunk of my childhood on the water, and Seguin lighthouse features prominently in some of my best memories. It seemed a great match for this perfect early-fall sweater.
The stripes make this sweater both simple to knit but engaging too, and offer lots of fun opportunity for color play. A simple scoop neck, 1×1 ribbed trim, and contrast-color hem and sleeve cuffs complete a look that’s unfussy and timeless.
I knit the sweater in Blue Sky Alpacas “Royal”, which certainly lives up to its name. It’s a fingering-weight, luscious alpaca and is light, warm, and smoother than anything you’ve ever felt in your fingers. It elevates this simple pullover into an incredible luxury. I highly recommend it, but Seguin will also work in many other materials and gauges, depending on the look you’d like to achieve.
But here’s the best part about Seguin:
In addition to creating it with a traditional pattern and your own modification math, Seguin has been released directly into CustomFit.
This is a really exciting step for our team. We’ve only recently been able to add designs into CustomFit’s sweater options; previous sweater designs needed to be created with a set of English instructions via CustomFit’s built-in custom sweater builder, and then knitted with both the CustomFit pattern and separate instructions. (Yuck!)
But Seguin is built right into the site from the get-go – so if you’d like a kicky stripey pullover of your own, swatch in whatever yarn you like and then click here to have us build a custom Seguin for your body, in your gauge, from scratch.
Want to see a few more details of the sweater?
I’m really excited about this, and hope you are too. I’ll be wearing my own Seguin all fall, I’m sure. Will you share your versions with us, as well?