It’s the week before Rhinebeck, and all through the house, lots of wool is a-stirring…
…which is to say, we have a lot of very exciting things set to come your way these next 7 days! For those of us in the Northeast US (and many from further away, too), the New York Sheep and Wool Festival is an absolute mecca – for yarn, for inspiration, for wonderful knitters of all types. I can’t wait for it, every year. And every year, when it’s over, I return to my “regular life” inspired and energized.
So, Sweater Week. A (new) yearly tradition here at AHD, where we spend a whole week loving the sweater. Showing off the sweaters we’ll wear this year, sure, but also… sharing our hopes, our dreams, our plans for that next outstanding garment, too.
We’ll be finalizing our Rhinebeck meet-up plans very shortly, but today I wanted to start by sharing a new sweater design that’s built right into the CustomFit site.
We’ve got so many sweaters coming up this week that I’d planned on starting with something that evokes a crisp fall New England day. But then I thought: Waaaaait a minute. I never followed up with the progress on my own SSKAL sweater! Remember the sleeve dilemma?
Well, I added sleeves, and have been wearing this thing non-stop.
I love this sweater with a fiery passion. I’m calling it Coracle, and it’s the first design that I’m releasing exclusively through the CustomFit site. It’s built right in – choose your materials, swatch until you get a fabric you love, and get a pattern that’s as easy to knit as a blanket, with gorgeous custom clothing results.
When the #SSKAL started, I knew I wanted to do a sweater that really departed from my typical woolly-wools. So I began by using a new yarn I found very exciting: Truesilk by Rowan. This is a 100% silk yarn, which is glorious for drape, sheen, and color. But it’s also chainette construction, which means it’s wonderfully elastic to work with. It produced a fabric that’s closer to what I can buy in the store than anything I’ve ever created with my needles.
Now, for the nitty-gritty: This is a mid-hip, wide scoop neck pullover with tapered 3/4 sleeves. It’s trimmed with 2×2 ribbing, and the back is knit in plain Stockinette. The front is in an allover open mesh lace pattern (which has a gauge that’s essentially equivalent to Stockinette), and the sweater is written with waist shaping on the back only for ease of knitting and a more slouchy, relaxed feel to the garment.
The result is pretty much my most favorite sweater I’ve ever knit for myself. Want to make one for you, too? Click here to get started!
(Of course, later this week I’m going to get started giving Coracle a run for its money. I’m out to create a new wardrobe staple for myself, and I’m so excited about this one that I can’t even stand it. I hope you will be, too. Want a hint?
See you soon!)