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Ethereal Sweater is light as air, soft as breath, and a joy to knit and wear. The design features a rolled neckline, stranded stripes and a slipped stitch pattern in the two-color yoke, a split hem, and textured two-color cuffs. It is knit top-down and seamless in fingering weight yarn, and can be tried on as you go along.
The pattern is written for 9 sizes ranging from 28-62 inches (71-157 cm), with several inches of positive ease added so that the finished sweater measures 31.5-68.5 inches (80-174 cm).
Skills Needed: Working with two colors, stretchy/flexible cast on, backward loop cast on, working in the round, slipping stitches, m1 and kfb increases, ssk and k2tog decreases, knitting through the back loop.
Yardage requirements, from the pattern: Main Color (MC): 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins Yama Fibre Arts Merino Linen Singles (Fingering; 90% South African Merino, 10% Linen, Superwash; 394 yds/100 g) in Gray Sage. If substituting yarn, 920 (1105, 1300, 1500, 1705, 1995, 2205, 2360, 2595) yds [840 (1010, 1190, 1370, 1560, 1825, 2015, 2160, 2375) m] fingering weight yarn.
Like all of my patterns, Ethereal has been test knit and tech edited.
I love that this sweater lends itself to each knitter’s own creativity with yarn and color! Some knitters have used stash yarn in more than one color for the contrasting color. Some have modified the pattern by making short sleeves. Each time I see a new Ethereal, I think: “This is my favorite!” (shh…just don’t tell the others.)
Here are some lovely sweaters by some lovely knitters. At the bottom of the page are some swatches I’ve made of the pattern stitch so that you can see how it looks in different yarns.
Here’s some inspiration for colors and yarns that work for Ethereal.
Rowan Felted Tweed in Avocado and Bilberry.
Manos del Uruguay Feliz in Petal and Grizzly.
Koigu KPPPM in Cobalt and Blue & White.
Shibui Knits Echo and Silk Cloud, both in Cove.
Madelinetosh Twist Light in Medieval and Brienne of Tarth Battles a Bear.
Malabrigo Susurro in Aguas and Fire Agate.
Shibui Knits Lunar (held double) and Tweed Silk Cloud, both in Twilight.
We are having a knit-a-long, but this post is getting pretty wordy, so more about that in a future post. However, if you want to find out about it sooner, search for and follow #etherealkal on Instagram. Pictures of the beautiful yarny prizes to come, as well.
Boy, it has been a rough and disconcerting beginning to the year. We don’t know what to expect. There is fear and uncertainty; there is also hope and kindness. My hope for all of you is that you and yours will be safe and well.
This is the world as it exists right now. There are things we can’t control, but we can control our own social distancing, staying home if we are not required to work, letting our loved ones know that they are loved.
I think this is part of what made me realize that blogging is more to me than trying to sell my knitting designs. Writing has always been part of who I am. Yes, I love designing and sharing beautiful knitted things, but that is not why I blog. I blog because I love ideas. I blog because I love words. I blog because I love to try to express those ideas in words. So, the blog is back.
…and next time, I’ll share about the new design and the knit-a-long.
The Ethereal Sweater is finally ready for test-knitting. Ethereal is knit top-down, it’s seamless, and it has fun and lovely details like a vertically striped collar, a slipped stitch yoke in two colors, and a split hem. The cuffs and the hem share one of my favorite textured stitches, the rice stitch – in a single color on the hem and two colors on the cuffs. It is written for sizes 28-62 in. (bust).
This pattern is one in which choosing your colors is half the fun. It works equally well in a monochromatic scheme as it does in a complementary scheme. Speckles are great fun in either the main color of the contrasting color – or both.
Here’s a sneak peak of Ethereal:
Join me over in Yarnpond if you are interested in test knitting Ethereal. Yarnpond is a website that was created specifically to provide an online platform for test knits. Not only will I list my testing calls there, but members will have access to lots of designers looking for testers. It’s the perfect match! ❤
The test for Ethereal is here: Ethereal test. You have to be registered as a member to access the test, but it’s easy and free to register. You can sign up to be notified when I have tests by going here: Knit Equals Joy on Yarnpond. I hope you will sign up if you’re interested in test knitting in the future…the 2020 pumpkin will make its debut there first!
Greetings, everyone! Here we are a week from Christmas; I hope you are finding time to be with those you love and to do some things that bring you joy.
Here’s a little gift for you: a pattern for my Gnome Spa Cloth (…or dishcloth, washcloth…whatever). This sweet little gnome will help you with all your cleaning projects. Just a hat, a beard, and a button nose – with a wee bit of mischief and a lot of heart. I just love this cute little gnome!
Skills Needed: Knitting, purling.
Size: About 10 in. [25 cm] square.
Yarn: 1 ball Appalachian Baby Design U.S. Organic Cotton (Sport; 100% Cotton; 194 yds/85 g). If substituting yarn, try using the largest needle size recommended on the ball band. You may have to experiment a bit to find the fabric you like best.
Needles: US Size 6 [4 mm]: 24 in. [60 cm] circular needle or straight needles.
Gauge: 20.4 sts and 32.4 rows = 4″ [10 cm].
Other Materials: Stitch markers (optional), tapestry needle.
This pattern is free for now, and you can download it here: Gnome. The pattern includes written instructions and a chart, so that you can work it in the way makes the most sense to you. I’ve also included some helpful tips on chart-reading.
In other news, the sweater I have been designing using this beautiful Yama Fibre Arts yarn is now being tech edited, and we are writing it for sizes XS through 5X! I am super excited to be able to offer my sweater designs in more sizes. I will post more as the publishing date gets closer. For now, enjoy this beautiful yarn.
I wish you the most wonderful of holidays. Thank you for sharing in my design adventure – it means so much to me that you are along for the ride!!
Here’s a short video Cliff and I made showing how to fill your Plaid Pumpkin with fiberfill…just for fun and because some knitters might like to see how to fill the pumpkin to retain the short, squat shape of this design.
Hope you enjoyed that and I hope it may be helpful to someone!
The Pumpkin-A-Long is wrapping up on Halloween; if you have made a Knit Equals Joy Pumpkin, don’t forget to post a picture on Instagram with the tags #knitequalsjoy2019palfo and #knitequalsjoy2019pal. Tag me, too: @knitequalsjoy. If you’re not on Instagram but are on Facebook, find the Knit Equals Joy group and post a picture of your pumpkin. The group is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2255137488135031/. Sorry, there was a glitch with the link that was sent in the notification email, but this one works.
Hey y’all! I hope everyone is enjoying these great (almost) Fall days! I’m so happy that football is back, and tonight we had some amazing pumpkin pasta with Autumn alfredo sauce. It was fabulous, and it tasted like Fall.
I know you’ve been seeing Plaid Pumpkin pictures all over the place along with a ton of Pumpkin-A-Long posts over the last few days. My apologies for the inundation of information – I wanted to get all the info out there at the beginning and have it in an easily accessible place for any general questions about how the PAL works.
Main things to remember: make any Knit Equals Joy pumpkin, post finished picture on Instagram with correct tags or in the Knit Equals Joy Facebook group; finish everything by Halloween. Prizes, fun. That’s it! This post: The Second Annual Pumpkin-A-Long (PAL) has all the details in much more detail-y form. The prizes are there now, too.
So, speaking of pumpkins and patterns, I recently started adding my designs to a new pattern site, PatternVine. I was drawn to the look of the site – it’s very lovely. I’ve slowly been updating my patterns – adding the new logo and better photos – and then adding them to PatternVine. I wanted my customers to have several different options available for purchasing my patterns.
Ladianne is one of the owners of PatternVine as well as of a yarn shop called Cheers to Ewe, and she purchased and is making the Large Colorwork Pumpkins pattern, spider version. Cheers to Ewe has a weekly show, and last Saturday they chatted a bit about my pumpkin patterns. I am of course biased because of that, but I really enjoyed the show. The enthusiasm was contagious, and you can tell they were having a good time. But I loved how the show was built around variations on a theme – plaid, in this case. If you have time and are so inclined, you might enjoy the show.