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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.
Good Monday evening to you all! I am so thrilled to let you know that the Bold Sweater is now available.
Bold is a comfy cropped sweater with fun texture detail on the extra-long cuffs, knit top-down with the stockinette side out. The jumbo cables are reversible, which means that if you weave the ends in carefully, you will have a completely reversible garment. It knits up quickly on large needles in Aran weight yarn, making this sweater a joy to make and to wear.
The sweater is written with a couple of inches of positive ease. Actual measurements are 34.25, 38.25, 42.25, 48.25, and 52.25 inches (87, 97, 107, 123, and 133 cm) at bust.
The cable is a 24 round repeat and the sweater ends with a round 24 of the cable, so plan on extra yarn if you want to make a longer sweater.
This pattern is currently free – through the end of July 2019.
The original name of this pattern was Bold…with undertones of chocolate…because that’s how I like my coffee (and the cables remind me of the swirls in my coffee). But it works for beer, too. Coffee or beer…you decide.
Thank you for your support and I wish you a most excellent week!
This weekend, our weather app predicts 100% chance of rain. Usually they’re not so certain and like to hedge their bets a bit, but rain must be a pretty sure thing around these parts today and tomorrow. (And, actually, it’s pretty much been raining non-stop since I started the first draft of this post earlier this morning).
This changes my plans somewhat, but it’s always a pretty safe bet that my weekend forecast includes chance of knitting: 100%.
You may have seen that I recently published Willow.
The name Willow evokes all things graceful: willows are strong and elegant, and, well, willowy. I find myself wearing my Willow often. It’s great to throw on when I get home from work in the evenings; I often get chilled, but if I can get my shoulders warm, the rest of me is warm, and Willow does that for me.
Willow is worked flat using bulky/chunky weight yarn, then seamed together with two quick seams. There’s even a tutorial for the seaming, here: Cabled Poncho Seam. This would be a great pattern for someone just starting out with cables.
Beth made this beautiful purple Willow.
I love what she says about her Willow:
I finished my Cabled Poncho test knit for @knitequalsjoy and I LOVE it! I thought I wasn’t a poncho person…turns out I just hadn’t found the right one. I knit mine in @blueskyfibers Extra, (alpaca and merino blend) which has beautiful drape and will keep me warm! And of course, it’s purple.
Such beautiful knitting! Thank you, Beth!
Currently in testing is Bold…with undertones of chocolate. Now, whether you interpret that as referring to coffee or to beer is up to you!
Bold is an oversized sweater knit top down, seamless, and stockinette-side-out. It took a bit of engineering to get the sweater to be reversible and to include a giant cable, so I was thrilled when I was able to make it work. If the ends are worked in carefully, the sweater truly is reversible, and can be worn with either the stockinette or the reverse stockinette side out, depending on your whim.
The pattern will be available for 5 sizes ranging from 32-50 in. (bust measurement). If in between sizes, one can choose from the actual finished sizes for the best fit. It’s worked on size 8 and 9 needles, so it’s a pretty quick knit.
I’ve worn my Bold to work a couple of times and have felt like a million bucks in it each time.
The pattern should be released sometime in the summer or early fall.
Finally, I’m working on a new sweater design. I recently found this yarn by Yama Fibre Arts and was smitten by its colors and textures. This is the YAMA Merino Linen Singles in Grey Sage and Nomad B3.
I’m using the two colors together. It’s a subtle contrast, and I love it, but I can see this sweater in so many different color combinations.
A few designs seem to write themselves (like last year’s Autumn Spice Pumpkin ) – and this one seems to be doing that as well. I think the color, fiber content, and spin of the yarn must suggest what will work for the yarn. It doesn’t always happen; sometimes the yarn puts up a stubborn and dogged fight against my ideas for it, but that’s another story…
This is worked in fingering weight and small(ish) needles, so it will be in the works for awhile before it’s ready for testing. I’ll probably be posting lots of progress pictures on Instagram, so you can catch those in either the Instagram feed or the Knit Equals Joy Facebook page.
I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and that the chance of rain wherever you are isn’t 100%! Maybe your chance of knitting is.
I am so pleased to introduce my newest design, Willow. I designed this poncho as a sort of “shoulder hug” to keep my shoulders and upper arms warm but leave my hands and arms free. I also wanted dramatic cables and a pretty edging.
This poncho is pretty easy to knit if you have done cabling before. If you haven’t done cables, this is a good one to learn them on.
Probably the most daunting part is constructing the poncho, but I made a little conceptual model that you can actually cut out and tape together to see where to make the two short seams. It’s sort of like paper dolls! I don’t know whether anyone will want to use the model, but I found myself referring to it when seaming my own poncho.
Sometimes seams can be scary, so I put together a tutorial (some written instructions and a 3-minute video just with music, no speaking) here: Cabled Poncho Seam. There’s also a link to the tutorial in the pattern.
Finally, the pattern is 20% off through this Friday, March 22, 11:59 pm (PST), no coupon code needed.
I know that some of you share with me an affection for the button tins that our mothers or grandmothers created over time, clipping serviceable buttons from garments that had reached the end of their usable life and saving those buttons for future use. Some of you may have been fortunate, as was I, to inherit these tins. I have memories of sorting through Mom’s button tins, and Grandma’s before her, as a child. These days, I use the buttons to decorate some of my hand-knits.
After releasing the Whimsy Tree pattern, I had the idea of making a second tree using natural, undyed yarn, and decorating it with white, silver, and gold buttons from Mom’s and Grandma’s button tins. I am so happy with the result.
I’m going to offer the 25% off introductory discount through the end of 2018, no coupon code necessary. You can find the pattern here: Whimsy Tree.
The Indie Design Gift-a-Long on Ravelry is nearing the last week of this year’s GAL. I was fortunate to have been interviewed by Stana D. Sortor (Fifinka on Ravelry). Her website is Stana’s Critters, Etc. Here’s one of her adorable designs, Chameleon Leon: