Knit This: Plowline Raglan Sweater

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Do you guys remember when I used to knit things? Sort of? Barely? Not really? The reason you can’t remember is that I haven’t knit anything for myself in about a year. That’s a really long time for someone who used to be an avid knitter. Back in the day, I would finish one project and then start another within a matter of days.

I have a few theories for why I don’t knit as much as I used to:

– I was part of a knitting group in college and we used to meet weekly, so even if I didn’t knit at all during the week, I was still knitting for a little bit each weekend.

– Knitting can be an expensive hobby. When I was part of that knitting group in college, our supplies were subsidized, but of course I’ve been paying for everything myself for the last few years since I graduated. I live on a pretty tight budget, so sometimes I just don’t have the money to spend on anything that’s not a necessity.

– I’ve been doing a lot more reading in my downtime. Sometimes there are only a few precious hours after work and while I didn’t knit a lot in 2013, I did far exceed my reading goal!

I did complete one item last year- this cozy herringbone scarf. Also, towards the end of the year, I became a test knitter for an accessories designer here in NYC. This meant that I knit up samples from patterns that they created. Now that that gig is almost over, I’m excited to pick up knitting myself again.

There are a couple of blogs that I’ve discovered (or rediscovered) recently that have gotten me excited about knitting again. Meredith’s blog One Sheepish Girl is fun and colorful and she always finds the prettiest knits. I just found Karen’s blog, Fringe Association, and I love her “Knit the Look” series where she describes how you might recreate knits from inspiring street style pictures.

Finally we get to the picture above! I think this sweater could be my next project. I love the simple, yet colorful style and it would be the perfect thing to work on as I’m logging all of these hours watching the Olympics. I’m currently in the research phase, meaning I’m trying to decide what yarn to work with and if I want to go for a more springy or wintery color combination.

Tell me: Are you a knitter as well?

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On Nnenna’s Needles #29: Heart-Shaped

On Nnenna's Needles #29

Heart-Shaped (picture by Alex)

You might remember this sweater from last week’s outfit post! Well I wanted to revisit it this week and talk a bit more about the process :) I picked this sweater after a bit of a dry spell with knitting. I hadn’t knit at all during the summer and I was excited to pick something cozy to knit for fall. Whenever I take on a bigger project like this, I do a bit of research first to estimate how much it will cost me, read through the pattern in case there are any tricky bits, and search on Ravelry to see how other people’s projects have turned out. With every project I work on, I have to make sure I really love it otherwise I know I’ll never finish it!

That definitely wasn’t a problem here. I love the base color yarn I chose- Malabrigo is so soft and squishy and delightful to work with. Even better, it’s pretty affordable as far as high-quality yarns go.  For the hearts, I luckily had enough yarn leftover from this project for each of the three different colors. It took me a little over a week to complete since the pattern is very straight-forward and easy to follow. The hearts were the more time-consuming section, not surprisingly, since I had to keep untangling the yarn from itself.

This sweater is not super form-fitting, so I like to wear it belted like this to give it a little more shape. If I were to make another one of these, I would add some shaping in the middle section so that it nips in at the waist a bit. I would probably also make full-length sleeves, because cute as half-sleeves are, I kind of feel like it’s “go full or go home” when it comes to sleeve-length.

Tell me: For the other knitters/crocheters out there- are you working on anything currently?