Bel Air is a beautiful sweater pattern designed by Anne Hanson of Knitspot several years ago, using Spirit Trail Sunna, a fabulous 3-ply superwash merino / cashmere / silk fingering weight yarn that’s as awesome for sweaters as it is for socks (silk wears like iron), luxurious baby items and accessories. Since this yarn is superwash wool, it can be machine washed and dried; I recommend washing on gentle and drying on low heat to be safe (I’ve put Sunna through quite a bit of torture ~ high heat water and drying temperature ~ to see what it will do in such potentially dangerous situations, with minimal damage or shrinkage. But I don’t recommend doing this to your precious knits 🙂 ).
This is a great pattern for beginners and experienced knitters alike. Anne’s patterns are always scrupulously written and edited, and Bel Air is a timeless design ~ simple yet elegant.
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Finally, ever wondered how to use a yarn with a different gauge for a project, if your heart is set on THAT yarn for THAT project? There’s always Amy Herzog’s Custom Fit site, which is a fantastic site for customized sweater patterns, but if you don’t want to customize a pattern that way or are working on a non-sweater project, Karen over at Fringe Association recently wrote a fantastic post, How to Account for Gauge Differences. I had to adjust for non-gauge on my Grandpa Cardigan project (because yes, I was set on THAT yarn for THAT project); Karen explains the different ways you can work this issue out so well in her post ~ it’s a great read.