Friday Pattern Spotlight: It’s Sweater Weather

There’s something about the beginning of September that seems to stimulate the senses and make many knitters excited about casting on sweaters.  Maybe it’s the anticipation of cooler weather, the love of fall colors or the the dreams of a cozy fire that makes many of us go a bit nuts over sweater knitting, but for me it’s the pure joy of knowing that cooler weather is around the corner in Phoenix giving me a small window of “sweater weather “.

So let’s take a look at what is “hot right now” on Ravelry  …..

The number one spot goes to Andrea Mowry for her latest design, Throwback.  When I saw this design hit the pages of Ravelry, I instantly fell in love.  This sweater is a classic that echos the feel of fall, camping, long walks in the woods and curling up next to a warm fire.  Perfect for beginning colorwork, cast on now and you’ll be all set for a trip to Rhinebeck!

Courtesy of Andrea Mowry 

This sweater was inspired by my childhood and weekends spent in northern Michigan on the sand dunes. It is my favorite cardigan for layering and keeping warm all Autumn and Winter long! This sweater is worked flat from the top down, seamlessly, except for the sleeves which are knit in the round.

The next design that has caught my eye is Lineage my Gabrielle Vezina. What I love about this sweater is the simplicity of the design and the use of leftover yarn from other projects.  I think this design would also be perfect for handspun too!

Courtesy of Gabrielle Vézina

The little balls of yarn left after a knitting project are little pieces of our knitting journeys which fill our hearts with dreams, our heads with mindfulness, and our bodies with warmth. These little leftover balls, too small to become their own projects, but too pretty to be thrown away, receive a new purpose with this stash busting pattern. 

Talk about cozy, the Aibell Cardi by Kelene Kinnersly is simple, elegant and has just the right amount of cables.  I love the deep ribbing for the arm and front bands too.

Courtesy of Kelen Kinnersly

Soft flowing cables highlight this quick and cozy knit. Sister pattern to Aibell Pullover.

For those of you looking for a classic cardigan, look no further than the Classic Gansey by Beth Brown-Reinsel.  I love this design and I’m so excited to have found just the right yarn from a destash sale from a fellow Ravelry knitter.  I plan to cast on as soon as I can and think this cardigan will be a staple in my fall wardrobe for a long time to come.

Courtesy of Interweave / Harper Point

The Classic Gansey Cardigan is a worsted-weight cardigan for those who like the modern gansey adaptation of a cardigan but don’t wish to knit at a tighter gauge. Rolled edges, minimal cables, and focus on knit and purl patterns, such as the Scottish Flags motif that is front and center on the cardigan, give this design an updated look.

Classic cables with a touch of lace, who could resist not casting on Isabell Kraemer’s Eri.  This beautiful classic design was featured in Issue 4 of Laine Magazine.  Perfect for the office, the weekend and fall walks.

Courtesy of Laine Magazine

Eri is worked seamlessly from the top down. The front is worked in double seed stitch with a cute textured cable panel down the centre. First the yoke is worked back and forth until neck shaping is complete. Then the yoke is worked in the round with raglan increases. When the yoke shaping is complete, the body is worked in the round to the ribbing. Then sleeve sts are picked up again to work the sleeves top down in the round to the end. As this jumper is worked from the top down, it is advisable to try it on from time to time to check the length and overall fit. The length and width of the yoke are easily adjustable by adding or reducing increases and adding or reducing underarm stitches.

I hope you enjoyed today’s spotlight and remember, It’s sweater weather, so go cast on today!

Until next time  ~ be creative!

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