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Baby Cables & Big Ones Too

This one is next!

I do not have enough sweaters. Seems like I knit a lot, but still, when the cold weather hits I find myself slipping into my old workhorse of a pullover. I made it a couple of years ago from Cascade 220 in a shade of orange so bright that I couldn’t be mistaken for a human much less a dear. I love it but a girl can’t wear orange every day. Because I’m a bit of a technique freak, I tend to knit a lot of small projects like socks, hats and mittens just for the fun of trying out new and intriguing methods. In many ways that’s a good thing but still…I need sweaters!

I’ve seen some gorgeous sweaters cruising around the web lately and so many of them are worked from the top down. While I was over at Loaves and Stitches, drooling over her WIPs I clicked on a link to the book “The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters”. Now, I’m not new to the top-down method (although it has been quite some time since I’ve used it) but I’d forgotten what a gem of a system it is. It is tremendously fast, allows for easy shaping modifications and doesn’t require seaming. I decided to jump in and cast on two, determined to only use yarn that was already in my stash.

City Tweed

I picked up some City Tweed a while back when they put two weird-ish shades on sale. This color is called “Kitten”. It’s not bad, very neutral, not quite grey, not quite beige. The pattern is one I’ve had in mind for a long time. It’s the Hepburn pullover and was published in Interweave Knits back in Fall 2012. (Procrastinate? Who, Me???)

Hepburn PulloverI was attracted to this pattern mostly because of the shape. I’d like to have something a little boxy in my closet so I know I’ll wear it. Granted, it’s been a bit of a snore to knit but it’s about time I had a stitch-count template for a sweater of that shape at 5 stitches to the inch just in case I want to knit it again with cables or color work or something. I’m a little disappointed that the traveling cables don’t show up; there are a ton of nebs in this yarn. Mostly, I’m amazed at how fast it has worked up.

My Hepburn

Aspen SweaterThe second pattern is one that was first released as a Mystery Knit-Along by Mrs. Hudson’s Yarns and Teas called “The Aspen Sweater”. It’s a very basic sweater with a stranded yoke and cuffs. I’m really enjoying it because it is a very bare-bones pattern. There is no extraneous information, so I can really concentrate on the top-down construction method. This will also be a great pattern for color and motif mods.

My Aspen

I said earlier that a girl can’t wear orange every day. Maybe. Maybe not.

On a side note, I can’t believe I’ve lived this long without one of these:

Yarn Bowl

LOVE it!

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