Pattern release: Verglas

Thank you all, so much, for your lovely email messages and comments yesterday on the changes to CustomFit. I appreciate all of you more than you know. Today, I have some more happiness to share with you – a new sweater! Please say hello to Verglas:


verglas-finals-1(Make your own version of Verglas here on CustomFit.)

Sometimes we all just need a warm hug. Verglas is a snuggly sweatshirt of a sweater, with a sporty tube neckline and fun cables. I’ve been wanting something like this for ages – the kind of thing I can throw on with jeans and hiking boots, the kind of thing I can wear when I’m working in my studio in the winter.

When Jen Spirit Trail Fiberworks sent me her newest yarn, Zalti, I knew I’d found the right yarn for this idea. I played around with some of my favorite cables, fiddled with the neckline a bit, and haven’t looked back.

Verglas is worked with cables on the sleeves and front, with a plain Stockinette back to accommodate a little bit of waist shaping. Locating the waist shaping on the back only keeps the sweater from feeling too stiff and boxy, while avoiding a super-fitted look – which matches the sweatshirt I was envisioning.


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The Zalti is soft, sproingy, and such a pleasure to knit with. It plumps up perfectly into these cables, and honestly I can’t imagine a more soothing thing to put on for a crisp, cold day. You can order the yarn for Verglas, along with a copy of the pattern, in a kit directly from Jen at Spirit Trail Fiberworks: Click here to order.

Beth has absconded with the sample (it’s okay, she’s super-knitworthy and honestly, the Vortex is a little light in color for my personal taste), so I’m already plotting another one for myself. Maybe in Black Cherry? Shadow? Glacier? What do you think?


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One further note, on fit: I decided to shoot this sample, which was sized for me, on my friend Beth. She and I have very similar shoulders, but she’s smaller through the body than I am. This gives you a bit of a sense of what the “oversized” fit in the site might look like: on Beth, the Verglas sample is a bit larger than the relaxed fit would be – and just a bit smaller than the “oversized” fit would be.

Of course, it’s hard to see motion with still photos, so Beth (because she is made of awesome) gave us all a dancing montage:

beth-oversized-fit

You can make your own version of Verglas right on CustomFit – maybe in a few weeks, when the Deep Winter sweater KAL starts? Either way, I hope you love it as much as I do!

4 thoughts on “Pattern release: Verglas

  1. If it were me, I’d probably go for Glacier, but I’m loving the Black Cherry too. Love those cables!

  2. Glacier, because you look greatin blue, and I think the patterns would show up better than in the Black Cherry. But I LOVE the Black Cherry color. It’s a great design!

  3. Love, love this pattern. I might even not whine about sewing pieces together instead of top down. I have some Madtosh 80/100/10 worsted in “Paper” color that might be perfect for this. I am under self =imposed stash busting or I would buy the wonderful suggested yarn. Thanks, Amy, for your great talent.

  4. Yippee, I’ve been waiting for this, thank you.

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