How could I resist a sweater named “Hot Flash”? Laura Nelkin, the designer, had me at the name. Check it out: It’s a light-weight sweater that’s constructed side to side. The lace pattern doesn’t appear to be particularly difficult to follow, and it makes this sweater “temperature comfortable” for those of us of a certain age. I think it would be lovely in either Rowan Creative Linen yarn or Rowan Softyak DK.
This sweater is on my do-knit agenda for Wednesday afternoons this summer. Anyone interested in doing a knit-along with me? This would be a free, drop-in class for anyone who buys the project yarn at the shop.
The next pattern that has captivated my attention is “Lisse” by Bristol Ivy. It’s done up as a single-color brioche shawlette/scarf. Katherine is offering a class for those of you who need some instruction to master brioche increases and decreases—but Katherine assures me these skills are easy to learn. This lovely shawlette calls for a DK-weight yarn. I think it’d be stunning in Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK. The silk in the yarn will make a fabric that positively glows.
My final pattern choice is “The Knitter’s Dude” by Andrea Rangel for you Big Lebowski fans out there. I’ve already knitted two dude sweaters, but I think I have one more in me. My best friend’s husband wants one and he is definitely knit-worthy. My first two dude sweaters were done in a chunky gauge on Size 10 needles. Andrea Rangel has rewritten the pattern for worsted weight yarn and uses steeks to allow the sweater to be knitted in the round. This time around, I’m going to use Pure Wool Worsted by Rowan.
If you are interested in learning this technique, Katherine is going to hold a workshop demonstrating the art of the steek.I know it’s scary to think about cutting your knitting, but it really does work, and is so freeing once you get the hang of it. Your stripes match perfectly and there’s much less finishing required.
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