Holiday Weekend Bonanza (new sweater, new class)!

Happy weekend, lovely knitters!

And a happy holiday to those in the US – I have fun news to share with you today, on two fronts!

Knit Stars – I’m a teacher!

First, something super exciting – I’ll be teaching at Knit Stars 2.0 this fall! I’m really excited to join a bunch of other amazing fiber artists for this unique online summit. Click the picture, or the link above, to find out more and sign up – I’ll be teaching a “best of” sweater class we’re calling “fit on the fly”:

Amy is teaching at Knit Stars 2.0

It will include the highlights of all of my most popular sweater classes, and get you creating garments you love to wear in no time. All within a fun retreat for which you don’t have to step foot out of your living room!

New Design: On A Whim

Next, a new design called “On a Whim”:


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I’m not going to lie – I started this summer super stressed out by the number of deadline projects on my plate. So, I took the only rational course of action: Ditched them all for a palate-cleansing sweater or two.

On a Whim was totally a guilty pleasure for me. The yarn was luscious, the design was simple, and the resulting sweater filled a hole in my wardrobe. I made it to please myself – and then went back to my “regular work” refreshed and patient.

First, I made an elbow-sleeve, tunic-length version for my god-daughter:


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I gave Morgan free run of my yarn for her sweater. She has great taste, and chose Indigodragonfly MCS Sock yarn, in the color “Only the exact phrase I used was don’t (Inara)”. The fingering weight wool-with-a-generous amount-of-silk produced in an incredibly floaty garment. Morgan reports it’s a pleasure to wear!

Jealous of Morgan’s amazing new shirt, I decided to whip one up for myself, too:


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I used some special yarn that had been with me for awhile: Indigodragonfly’s Mergoat Worsted, in “The Brain in Maine Feigns Trading Pain for Skeins”. It’s from the first make. wear. love. retreat, and I’ve been waiting for the right design idea for ages. I’m so pleased to finally be wearing it…

…or I will be, once the weather turns! This worsted-weight version is snuggly, substantial, and perfect for cold days.

Make your own

On a Whim is built right into CustomFit – click here to make yours! The design is flexible and works with a wide range of yarns and gauges. I love the way the simple silhouette plays with the shaded colors of Kim’s yarn, and I’m excited to see what you do with the design.

A note on yardage: If you’re using the recommended yarns, you’ll need the following:

  • At my gauge of 7 stitches to the inch, a standard women’s size 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)” elbow-sleeve sweater requires approximately 3 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8) hanks of MCS.
  • At my gauge of 5 stitches to the inch, a standard women’s size 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)” 3/4-sleeve sweater requires approximately 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) hanks of Mergoat Worsted.

And otherwise, I recommend Hannah Fettig’s excellent Stashbot app for yardage estimates.

Happy knitting, everyone!

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