Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Velvet Sunset

Hooray for my new favorite sweater! I finished knitting this sweater last weekend, have worn it without the buttons all week, and finally bought some buttons and sewed them on today just in time for an afternoon walk in the forest with Chris and Stella. This forest is right at the end of our street, literally about 100 paces from our front door. It has beautifully maintained paths and lovely little streams running through it, I expect you'll be seeing a lot of it popping up in the back ground of FO shots. It's one of the many things we love about living in our new house.

Pretty lighting

I knit this sweater in TFA Yellow Label DK Weight yarn in the Sunset and Velvet colourways. I've been in love with the way these two colours feel together for months now, and am really relieved to say that now that I've worked with them together they did not disappoint!

Chris gets artsy

As we all know, this is not my usual cool blue colour scheme. It seems as though I'm branching out. Perhaps it's the cooler weather, perhaps it's personal growth; more and more these days I'm finding myself drawn to these warm, comforting tones of rusts and rubies.

a tree, with buttons

I knit this sweater in one piece, knitting back and forth for the body, switching colours every two inches, then knitting the sleeves on DPN's, joining and continuing knitting back and forth for the yoke. At about the 1 1/2" mark after joining the pieces together I began doing raglan-style decreases and at the same time decreased every 6th row at the neck edge to make a v-neck cardigan.

button band

I then picked up stitches along the button band and neck edge and worked k2, p2 ribbing for 2" before binding off. To determine the sizing I first knit a gauge swatch, after having determined my gauge I used Elizabeth Zimmermann's percentage system to get the perfect fit. This system has never let me down! I used the same method here and here and achieved exactly the results I was looking for.

over the shoulder "hello!"

This cardigan is comfy and cozy without being oversized or frumpy. I had very high hopes for this knit. I wanted it to be the sweater that I grabbed when I wanted something easy to throw on, no small task! Sometimes you can knit the most beautiful sweater but end up rarely wearing it. I find it all really comes down to a feeling. You can't fake comfort and on a cold winter morning, when I crawl out of bed and need to grab a cardigan to throw on over my pj's, I don't care how lovely the sweater is, if it doesn't have that feeling, I wont grab it. I never really know if I will feel that way about a sweater until it's done and sitting in my closet with my other sweaters. Well, this one has been grabbed almost every morning this week! It looks great with jeans and a neutral top (my uniform!) and provides plenty of warmth and knitterly/wooly comfort without being stifling.

Tripping on Stella's leash

The sun was starting to go down as we were taking these pictures. Chris didn't have much time, but don't you think he did a great job? I think it's fair to say that his photography skills are improving. I didn't crop any of these shots, he's just getting artsy with his close ups, I like it!

negative space

What a perfect fall day, leaves carpeting the trails in the forest, warm sun shining through the sparse branches and a new knit to keep me warm, what more could a girl ask for on a Wednesday?

Perfect afternoon for a walk

Ravelry project page here.

Previously blogged here, here.


  1. Nicely done! Great sweater and great colours.
    (And hi, Stella!)

  2. Your sweater is perfect! Makes me want to make one, but in your aran weight yarn!! I so know what you mean by the feeling about a sweater. Where/ which EZ book did you get the pattern from? I heard about it several times and I want to get it, but I don't know if it on the internet or which book to obtain or if the ones on the net are modified from her original recipe...

    I love Stella! I have two Italian Greyhounds and I can understand the special love the sighthounds give. I am never getting a dog from another family ever again! IG, whippets and greyhounds have taken my heart forever!

  3. Now I really need to do something with all the sunset, lol, this looks so comfy! I love it, and I'm totally jealous of your sweater abilities, as soon as I'm past this show that will be the first thing I tackle. The photography is also amazing!

  4. What a gorgeous sweater! The reds do work really well together, and a comfy, stripey cardigan is always the thing.

  5. Gorgeous & you did a fantastic job! I love the color combinations.

  6. Great sweater. Love the colours. Love the stripes. Beautiful pictures too.

  7. Great sweater. I love the color combination and the fit.

  8. gorgeous!! what a perfect, perfect stripey cardigan.

  9. Hello! I'm travelling in your lovely blog! Fabulous wonderful yarns with dream colours! I wish I could have some...
    Lovely photos and I love your dog!
    Best wishes from Crete Teje


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