Do you get the feeling that all I do is knit this WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Sweater? Me too.
My Mom in her New Sweater!
I just finished another one for my mom! This was a barter sweater – she made me a hand stamped table cloth I needed for a present, and she picked out this yarn, Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Merlin, for an adorable sweater for her!
About 2″ Longer
She wanted her sweater longer, so I added an extra stripe before joining the sleeves for the yoke. So instead of ending with a St st stripe, I ended with a lace stripe, which meant I had to modify the sleeves to start with the lace stripe after the ribbing for the sleeves, and alternate my striping differently from there. It sounds confusing, but since this is my FIFTH sweater, it was a breeze.
This knit up really fast, as usual. Those size 9 needles and worsted weight yarn is a dream. And my mom loves it! Something tells me she’ll be wearing her new sweater a lot, which makes me very happy!
Pattern: WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Summer Sweater
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Sport in Merlin
Needles: Size 9 circs and DPNs
Ravelry Project Page
I finished this sweater weeks ago and have been wearing it pretty much every time I leave the house, just never when I also have my camera on me. Until this weekend!
I blogged about starting this sweater almost a month ago, and it’s such a ridiculously quick knit I’ve had it finished for almost that long. If I didn’t have a lot of projects lined up right now I’d knit more in different colors. It’s so fun and easy to wear.
From the Back
I changed colors while working the last lace row of each section, not the St st row, and I love the way this looks. You can see that it looks like the colors are tied together. This fun detail makes me wish I could make one with stripes of different colors for all sections. Someday!
Three Stripes Will Have To Do
For now I’m just happy to have this tee, now in desperate need of a wash, to wear all summer long.
Pattern: WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Tee by Allyson Dykhuizen
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Sea Foam and Ivory, and Knit Picks CotLin in Tomato
Needles: Size 9 24″ and 16″ circulars
Ravelry Project Page
As soon as I finished my WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Winter Sweater, I couldn’t help but cast on a WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Summer Sweater, probably because it’s April and I won’t be able to get a lot more mileage out of the winter one this year.
Lace Striped Summer Sweater Progress
Just like my winter sweater, I wanted to make this knit a stash buster, too. I didn’t have enough of any one color of cotton or cotton blend yarn, so I decided to make it striped! I had 2 skeins of Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Sea Foam, one skein of Knit Picks CotLin in Tomato, and 4 skeins of Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Ivory, and that should come together really nicely!
I’ve also got a SECRET PROJECT on the needles that I’m really excited about. The swatch is beautiful and it’s on big needles and worsted weight yarn! Something new and different for me!
Way back on February 15th I shared pictures of the very beginning of a WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Winter Sweater I had started for myself in between Holla Knits projects. It was my go to traveling project for like 6 weeks when I wasn’t really traveling anywhere, so it sat for a really long time.
Red Winter Lace Striped Sweater
Until last week when I discovered I was about 10 days ahead of my Holla Knits schedule. With nothing lined up at the time I looked around confused until I looked under my coffee table and dug out a very hairy 4″ of sweater.
So Cute, Right?
I brushed it off and got down to knitting. After all those damn Holla Knits sweaters knit up in size 4s it was AMAZING to knit with worsted weight wool and size 9s. I don’t even feel like I tried that hard, then magically I bound it off and had this adorable sweater! The winter issue of Holla Knits is going to be a breeze.
Stripes and Lace and Cute and Cozy
It makes me happy that it’s gotten cold again, because I’m living in this baby until it’s straight up 70 degrees and I’m on the brink of heat stroke. And better yet? This was all stash yarn! I had the majority of a sweater design that didn’t work out that I had to rip out, but I can’t even remember that disappointment anymore because of how cute this sweater turned out!
** Insert chat about how amazing this pattern is. Since it’s mine I don’t want to toot my own horn too much. **
Pattern: WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Sweaters, Winter by Allyson Dykhuizen
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool
Needles: Size 9 24″ and 16″ circs
Ravelry Project Page
I released three new patterns last week for WORK+SHELTER, so those projects are going to be knit up in my friend Theresa’s women’s shelter in India. The products made by them are then sold in boutiques around the world, and the proceeds going toward sustaining their livelihoods.
Despite all that, I was really sad I had to send my samples off to Theresa a few weeks ago. Especially the sweaters. Good cause, blah blah. I looked awesome in them!
Winter Lace Striped Sweater
Man. I miss this sweater already. I’m in the middle of test knitting patterns for Holla Knits so I didn’t have an easy project to bring with me to knit night last week. Solution? Cast on a WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Sweater with some Patons Classic Wool I had left over from a failed design project.
This sweater is going to be slow going since I’ve got so many other projects on my plate. Sadly! I WANT I WANT!
I also want to knit up one of the WORK+SHELTER Lace Striped Shawls. Knit cotton scarf? Why hadn’t I thought of that sooner? I would love to bring it with me to Spain next week! Alas.
PS – it was REALLY COLD when we had our photo shoot for these patterns! Like 0 degrees cold. It was rough! You can see how rough in the above pic. But that is the only one where I cracked! I’m a professional model like that.