Spring Knit Fever

brioche afghan fine art lapghan sweater

It may officially be April, but all of us at Knit Nirvana still (like always) have the knitting bug. Check out this week's featured patterns

Pattern 1:

I just finished test-knitting this sweater this morning. It’s called “A Little Curious” by Amanda Woeger. It’s quite a project! This picture shows Amanda’s version, and the pattern was officially released this week with an introductory price available through April 12.  

Amanda's A Little Curious

Mine is still on the blocking board but I’m ready to share what I learned:

It was a lot of knittingSue's Sweater on Block with fingering-weight yarn on rather smallish needles, but the result is well worth the effort. There are several different lace patterns, so it is definitely not a boring knit. The sweater is knit in one piece from side to side.  Stitches get bound off at the armholes and then picked back up later for the sleeves, which then get worked down from the shoulder (using short rows for the cap) to the cuff. The neckband and hem are worked as you go, so there is minimal finishing. 


I used Fine Art yarn by Rowan.  I’m very excited about this one.

Pattern 2:

 

Knit N SlideThe next pattern that I’m anxious to start is Stephen West’s new shawl, “Knit ’n Slide”. We love his idea of sliding the stitches from one edge to the other so that it looks like 2 rows of knit followed by 2 rows of purl but you actually only knit! This pattern will be perfect for those knitters who hat to purl. And I love the innovative lace border on the bottom.  I think the new Madelinetosh Merino Light yarn in speckles with contrasting or matching color borders would look fabulous in this pattern. 

 

Come in and see all of the new colors:

Merino Light New Colors

Pattern 3:

The third pattern I’m obsessed with is Nancy Marchant’s new brioche pattern called “Candle Flame Lapghan.”  This pattern is written for an lap-sized afghan, but it can easily be converted to a scarf if that suits you better.

It calls for worsted weight, so there are many choices in the store. It’s fun to play two yarns against each other. If you are not familiar with the brioche stBrioche Lapganitch, here’s your chance to learn! I’m planning another introductory class for May or June.  It’s so addictive and the results of brioche knitting are extraordinary. Both sides look lovely!

That's all for this week. Happy Knitting!

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  • Sandra Semkiw

    Sue, Great Spring news. I love the Brioche. I may just have to try it.


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