Is it too late to wish you a happy new year of stitching? I don’t think so! It’s two weeks into January, and (so far) I’m actually keeping my three New Year’s knitting resolutions:
- spend more time each day knitting
- finish more of my UFO’s
- knit more wearable, well-fitting sweaters
Luckily for my resolution #3, new colors of Malabrigo Rios and Madelinetosh DK Twist just arrived!
Just look at those classic Madtosh colors. Our palette of DK Twist has “sweater” written all over it.
A few sweater patterns have already caught my eye (see below), including Strange Brew*, the Tin Can Knits stranded yoke pullover “recipe.” Then Gina wore her Strange Brew into the shop the other day…
This sweater comes in 3 gauges, can be made bottom-up or top-down, and comes with nearly 100 ready-to-use charts for different Fair Isle yoke motifs. It also has instructions for making your own original designs, as Gina did with her gold stars. That sounds like such fun! I’m giving it a gold star and moving it to the top of the must-make-now list.
More pretty stranded knitting appears in Joanne’s original design in warm, chunky Cascade 128 Superwash.
I loved working with Berroco Ultra Alpaca (plus some of my handspun) for this On Off Shawl* by Larissa Brown. After washing, it’s as soft as cashmere.
Laurie wore her gorgeous Braidsmaid* to Thursday Night Sit & Stitch recently. Her yarn is Malabrigo Rios. Braidsmaid comes from designer Martina Behm.
I made good on my resolution #2 by finishing an Oaken Shawl* that should have been on my 2019 FO list. It’s another Tin Can Knits pattern. I used Berroco Vintage, and I’m beyond thrilled this shawl can go in the washing machine and dryer.
Here are some of the other sweaters I’m considering:
Bedrock* from Lori Versaci
Anker’s Cardigan – My Size* from PetiteKnit
BiRTHDAY* from ANKESTRiCK
Sweaters may seem like the Mt. Everest of knitting to some folks, but they’re so worth it. Everyone has a few oopses along the way, and I’ll be combining resolutions #2 and #3 when I un-knit and re-knit my Weekender* from Andrea Mowry. Unfortunately, I chose a size that turned out to be too big for me. Getting gauge doesn’t help when you pick the wrong size in the first place! Here’s the “before” picture, and after some washing and re-skeining, I hope to get my “after” underway soon.
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!