I designed Small Point for the 2015 make. wear. love. fall sweater retreat, with yarn from our lovely vendor Yarn Culture. It’s worked in a single piece, from the front hem to the back hem.
This construction perfectly matched the feel I wanted from the design. The coast of Maine is rocky and breezy, and Small Point beach in my hometown is definitely a representation of that. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the beach, you want something casual, and layer-friendly. Warm, but not so stiff you can’t throw a frisbee or chase the tide.
The hem-to-hem one-piece construction winds up producing a sweater that feels somewhere between a drop-shoulder sweater and a dolman – the lines are that of a drop shoulder, with generous (but not ridiculous) armholes, but the movement and freedom inside the garment is great, like you’d experience with a dolman. The lack of seam in the shoulder area produces an incredibly comfortable, beautifully relaxed structure to the garment. It layers well, it wears well on its own, and looks utterly fantastic in a lightweight wool.
Add some kicky stripes in beautifully matched colors, and the sweater practically knits itself – it took me well under a week to work up this sample! And I’ve been wearing it since.
I used Eden Cottage Yarns Bowland DK for the sample, in the colors “Pennine Mist” and “Steel”. It’s a luminous sport-weight Blue Faced Leicester, and I definitely recommend this yarn for the garment.
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