I am a sweater knitter and, while I'd like to say I've loved every one I've ever knit, that is not the case. Far from it, actually. Many a sweater has been completed only to reside in the back of the closet until I give it away or frog it. Many a sweater has ended up with a friend, a family member, or in a bag to give to goodwill. I've frogged a good many and even put a few directly into the trash. Once a sweater is complete I am no longer attached to it.
Part of the problem has been being swayed by fashion, or knitting something that's "hot" at the time. I've knit sweaters too big, too small, and too unsuited to my style. Finally, I think I'm mature enough to know what I like, what fits well, and how to make good choices.
The ToT topic today is 5 Favorite Sweater Patterns and 5 Favorite Yarns to Use.
Fitted sweaters are more comfortable, as there isn't the extra yarn bulk under arms or around my waist. In my head there is an ongoing mental debate over cardigan vs. pullover, but cardigans usually win out.
1. Acorn Trail CustomFit Recipe by Amy Herzog- This one is currently on my needles. The pattern came along just as I was trying to decide what my first CustomFit sweater would be. I am excited to have a warm cabled cardigan, but nervous because I want it to work out. CustomFit is determined by correct measurements and correct swatching. The "elves" magic is determined by the knitters accuracy of both.
2. Sprossling by Anne Hanson is hands down my favorite "already" knit sweater. I wear this sweater more than any other in my wardrobe. The reason it fits so well is the shaping is made with front and back darts, not in the side seams. From now on I'll use this detail is a criteria for sweater fit. I want to make clothing and I will make another Sprossling very soon.
3. Aislinn by Amy Herzog -I've swatched and it's waiting in the wings.
4. Wellwood by Michele Wang- Cheryl and I went to the Brooklyn Tweed trunk show at the LYS and this choice, and the next, came from the visit. We were able to try on the sweaters we liked and determine what changes we would make (if any). Trunk shows are a good way to find sweaters you like.
5. Burr by Veronik Avery- I love the detailing on the sides and on the sleeves.
Five Favorite Yarns to Use
1. By far, my favorite yarn is Opulence by The Woolen Rabbit. I've knit shawls and sweaters with this yarn and plan to use it in another sweater soon.
2. Beaverslide! You saw that one coming, right? It's my favorite worsted yarn and I've knit many, many a sweater with it. There are other wonderful worsted yarns, but this one has proved itself to me. I love it.
4. Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool - I've knit a couple of sweaters with this yarn and have enough in my stash for two more sweaters. My plan is to use it for Aislinn (maybe). A knitter can change her mind.
5.Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool- This is one of my favorite wools for accessories like Susan's Two Ribs Infinity Scarf, but it would also make a soft and lovely sweater. It is high on my list for the next worsted weight cardigan.
Today I hope to be introduced to other new patterns and yarns in other ToT posts. Like I need any more encrouagement to stash! What's your current favorite yarn and/or knitting pattern?