I’m really excited to share my new design, Oxidar, from Manos del Uruguay! The pullover is worked from the bottom up, seamlessly in one piece. After the lower portion is worked as two flat sides (to create the high/low hem) the body is worked up in one piece to the underarm, and then in smaller pieces to the shoulders. To keep the sleeves seamless stitches are picked up around the armholes and the sleeves are worked in the round to the cuff. The whole sweater has absolutely no seams to sew!
My original inspiration for the sweater came from my Pinterest board, and unsurprisingly it’s a ready-to-wear garment from Anthropologie.
I loved the triangle shape on the back, but wanted something to mimic it on the front–although I love mullet sweaters (party in the back, business in the front) I wanted this design to be fun on BOTH sides. I love how the front V mimics the V neck on the front, and the shallower Vs on the back come to a point.
I also really enjoyed knitting with the new Manos Silk Blend. It’s a sport weight silk and wool blend. I didn’t expect to get such shine and stitch definition from a single, and was really pleased with how perfectly it worked for this design.
The subtle changes of the color are also quite magical. Depending on the light this yarn could look more brown, more green, or more lavender. I think it’s a beautiful color that most women would look great in! (The colorway in the sample is Briar.)
I’m also really excited that Manos has offered a free copy of the pattern and a skein of Mano Silk blend to try out to one lucky blog reader! To enter for a chance to win a skein of Manos Silk Blend in the color of your choice and a copy of my new pattern Oxidar leave a comment on this post telling me which shade of Silk Blend is your favorite. I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday, July 7th.