Jennifer Wood sure knows how to design beautiful patterns. One of my recent completed projects is Lucille, a lovely v-neck cabled pullover. I knit mine in Verdande, my fabulous superwash merino, cashmere and silk worsted weight yarn. I really, really love this base, and it never disappoints. I used an OOAK Soup Pot colorway that’s sort of a burgundy-rust color with hints of tan and lighter brown-reds throughout. There was quite a bit of variegation between skeins in this OOAK, so I alternated every other row between skeins.
This was my first time knitting a top-down, v-neck, seamless sweater with set-in sleeves, and the different method of construction was really interesting. Honestly, it had me stumped for a bit. Honestly, this was because I didn’t pay attention to the pattern enough when I read it, anticipating that I already knew how things were going to go. So, after reading through it a couple of times, realizing that my assumptions were not quite right, I just jumped in and did what Jennifer told me, trusting that it would work, and it did. And it was fun watching the pattern and construction emerge.
I love seamless sweaters, I have to admit. There are times when seams are really beneficial and serve to help a sweater hold its shape. But sometimes, they’re not so necessary and I really love those sweaters that, when you’re finished knitting, you have a completed garment. Knit in worsted weight yarn, this sweater is one of those wonderful immediate-gratification type projects: the knitting goes quickly, the cables are fun, and when you’re done, you’re done! Except for a nice blocking, of course.
Jennifer has a new book just out, Refined Knits, which is packed full of fantastic patterns. There are at least 6 or 7 that I’d really like to knit. Here’s a peek at two patterns I particularly love:
Because summer is quickly approaching here in Virginia, I’ve found myself thinking about lighter weight sweaters for warm weather. I don’t have enough lightweight sweaters, and it’s always a bummer when summer rolls around and my handknits get put away until Fall.
So, Vivian, gorgeous summer shell:
Isn’t this just a fantastic, elegant summer shell? I’d love to knit this in Sunna, the lighter, fingering weight version of Verdande (superwash merino, cashmere, silk). Sunna has fantastic drape, and knit at about 6 stitches to the inch it’s sure to be light and elegant.
Then, there’s Ada:
A beautiful pullover in bulky weight. I’d use Spirit Trail Vesta for this one. Vesta is a soft 100% superfine merino (not superwash) that’s just awesome. I have two sweaters knit out of Vesta already, but there’s always room for more.
Jennifer has so many other fantastic patterns, it’s hard to choose. I keep adding new ones to my library every time I look at her Ravelry pattern page.
To spread the love, I’m giving away a bundle to a random winner ~ a free copy of the Lucille pattern and a $25.00 gift certificate to the Spirit Trail website. If you’d like to win this prize, please leave a comment on this post! Please include your Ravelry name in your post, as the pattern will come through Ravelry. I’ll choose a random winner on April 4!