The year 2016 saw me finishing my epic sock yarn granny square blanket, which let me tell you I am glad to have finished and draped over my couch. It’s an awesome thing to have completed.
The downside of this epic pursuit is that in 2016 I finished very little else of significance. I did finish 2 sweaters later in the year, both deadline knits (one for Rhinebeck, one for publication). But I have so much stashed yarn in sweater quantities that I stared at longingly while doing the granny squares, and now I’m relishing the chance to finally dive in. I’ve spent the last couple of months both knitting sweaters and poring over sweater patterns to knit next (or someday), and thinking about the yarn in my stash, and it’s awesome.
On Friday, fresh from placing the buttons on my completed Smoky Lake cardigan, I wasted no time casting on for the back piece of the Reverse Me cardigan (Ravelry link), in some Ultra Alpaca that I think I originally purchased with a different plan in mind but has now been pulled into service for this sweater.
Two years ago I got to try on the original sample of this pattern at a workshop with Norah Gaughan, at Vogue Knitting Live in New York City. It was warm and cozy and different from my usual style impulse with knitted sweaters, therefore I loved it immediately and have thought about it ever since. It’s one of those kinds of sweaters that depending on which way you flip it, will have the style of a longer jacket or a cropped slouchy cardigan.
This is an item worked in pieces and seamed, with the body pieces worked in plain stockinette and attached to the fancier cabled sections that are worked for the neckline, cuffs, and hem. That means doing the stockinette parts first means I’ll hopefully get the boring pieces out of the way first and then have the cabled parts to keep me interested on the home stretch.
It’s exciting to be using stashed yarn in larger amounts again. What stashed yarns do you have your wistful eye on right now?
Happy Tuesday knitter pals!
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Pattern: Reverse Me cardigan (Ravelry link) by Norah Gaughan