Project Planning: The Throwback Sweater

I have been wanting to make Andrea Mowry’s Throwback Sweater every since she published her design in August and even more so after seeing so many finished sweaters posted on Instagram.  Many knitters wore theirs proudly for Rhinebeck this year too!

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.

This weekend I decided to go through my stash of yarn to see what I could come up with for the main color and for the accent colors.  One thing I decided was the fact I wanted to use my own handspun for the accent colors in this sweater.  I wasn’t sure if anyone  else had done this, so I decided to take a look at the finished project pages on Ravelry and found several gorgeous sweaters that either incorporated handspun or was knitted completely in handspun.  Talk about inspiring!

So here’s what I decide to do …  For this project I will be using my stash of Cascade 220 Heather in the color 8836, a light blue or even a light denim, along with my own handspun.  My handspun is Funky Carolina Fiber in the colors Poisoned Lilac, Smores and Haunted – shown below (and above) from left to right.  The three colors compliment each other nicely and go very well with the Cascade 220.

I really love how the colors all look together and think this will be a great combination for this sweater.  Now to find the time to make it … 

Until next time ~ be creative!

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