Sometimes it’s fun and educational to follow a knitting pattern as written. I rarely do and end up with a variety of results. Not so with my most recent hand knit projects. The patterns are from Brooklyn Tweed kids and are beautiful and a fun knit.
The first is a young girl’s sweater, Petal. It all began when a niece requested another sweater for her daughter, in white please. Well she also has a son, and a sister with two boys. You see how it goes. One white sweater became four. I had fun planning the projects.
The next is Wyatt. I liked the Henley style and stitch pattern. I happened to have some yarn recycled from a girl’s dress made of cotton, cashmere and angora that is machine washable. It knit up beautifully and I have some left over for a soft hat.
Now for the older boys. I wanted to knit sweaters on my two knitting machines. One can handle worsted and bulky weight yarn. I found a nice raglan sweater on the Webs’ sight and converted it to work flat. I liked the bold stripe and, since the boys are big Islanders fans, I incorporated their team colors. It worked out beautifully. What a way to sail through all that stockinette. The pattern is Jonathan.
Finally, I wanted to do some stranded color work on my knitting machine that works with fingering weight yarn. I saw another pattern I liked in Brooklyn Tweed called Carson, which appealed to me because of the way the colorwork was used in the hem and sleeves. But it was too small and a little tricky to convert. I decided to make my life simple and knit a modified drop shoulder sweater with a V-neck. Then I found a stranded pattern I liked in the book, Traditional Knitting by Michael Peirson, and made a punchcard to work with my Passap Dm80. I kept the neck detail from Carson, which rolls a little.